Hillary Clinton is spending the day in New Hampshire, stumping for herself and, tangentially, for Jeanne Shaheen who is locked in a tight battle with Scott Brown, who no one even knew was from New Hampshire until just a few short months ago. But as she picks up steam for a potential 2016 White House bid, support for Hillary Clinton overall has been largely lukewarm. Even Jon Stewart has expressed reservations over the “hawkish” former First Lady and New York Senator.
But that’s not to say that Hillary doesn’t have her super-fans in target demographics, like CNN documentary filmmakers, people who design and construct couture pantsuits, and America’s community of Scrunchie enthusiasts. And, according to Politico which found them, there’s an underground culture of Hillary Superfans.
In 2008, Gretchen Baer, a painter based in a mountain town in southwest Arizona, spent two months and thousands of dollars repurposing her 1989 Toyota Corolla into the “Hillcar,” which she drove around the country to gin up excitement ahead of rallies for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. For one North Carolina campaign stop, Baer ordered 50 rubber Hillary masks for fellow diehards—the first of many cities her troupe would barnstorm, outfitted in red pantsuits. (“Gretchen, I see you’re getting a lot of press,” Clinton told her after one rally.) Like her heroine, the 51-year-old Baer, who still drives the Hillcar day to day, hasn’t made it official yet, but she’s “definitely considering” taking the car national again in 2016.
There are also people who get Hillary Clinton tattoos, write Hillary Clinton songs (about pantsuits, natch) and have otherwise devoted huge portions of their lives and great personal expense to promoting their favorite female political candidate.
I suppose there are worst things to obsess over. Justin Bieber comes to mind. Whether Gwyneth Paltrow’s site GOOP.com is going to make up that $1.5 million they blew on overpriced cosmetics and macrobiotic cooking utensils. Whether people will ever stop wearing leggings as pants. But quite honestly, Hillary Clinton has to be one of the weirdest obsessions in history. What will happen to these people if she decides not to run? A 1989 Toyota Corolla already has terrible resale value.