Proof that you can buy just about anything

by Jennifer on August 8, 2008

I am a clip art junkie (you should see the stack of books I have), so I subscribed a long time ago to the email service from Dover Publications, probably the most well-known clip art publisher. They send me weekly samples by email, along with notifications of new publications. I am a devoted fan of the company.

But I had to laugh at the absurdity of two of their latest books. Take a look:

(You can click the images to see inside.)

I mean, god bless ’em, someone had to do it, right? But I just wonder who buys this stuff? “Here, kids, play with these! Our future president in ten dapper outfits!” (Though my kids are kinda bored at this point in the summer.) The artist’s renderings make both candidates look a little strange (not that I could do better).

But the tag lines in their email really did me in. Like, “Presidential Paper Dolls: The Fun Way to Support Your Candidate!” Maybe it’s just me, but I’m guessing my candidate would rather have the $7.99 plus shipping.

Or how about this:

You can follow your favorite paper doll candidate with our weekly Presidential Paper Doll Sampler! Each week, you’ll receive a colorful email that’s packed with cool giveaways: extra costumes for the candidates and their wives, free samples from other Dover paper doll books, and more. Plus, with the Campaign Countdown you’ll find out which paper doll candidate is the most popular. Use this link to sign up now—

The books include costumes for the candidates and their wives, along with a biography of each candidate and an election night score sheet. Because you’ll do a way better job of tallying up the electoral votes than those major news outlets. Go on, I have faith in you.

I do have a favorite outfit. It’s in the samples from the McCain book, and features a bulletproof vest.

I can only assume it’s the one Senator McCain wears when he goes quail hunting with Dick Cheney.

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Ann August 8, 2008 at 11:42 am

Oh wow, there is a market for everything! The funniest thing is their POSTURES on the front of their little booklets – Obama looks as if he’s at the end of a fashion runway “And POSE” – and McCain looks as if his neck is about to explode. Hilarious!

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Sandy (Momisodes) August 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm


This is right out of an SNL commercial skit.

ROFL!!! I read misread the post and thought I saw “extra costumes for the candidates and EXTRA wives” 😀

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Jennifer Harvey August 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Ann–I know!

Sandy–That’s hilarious. I’m guessing that McCain’s first wife wouldn’t disagree with you!

catnip August 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Those are hilarious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Louise August 8, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Well, don’t think I’ve got another internet connection opened ordering those things; HOWEVER, I do know people that love paper dolls and collect them, so I can see them really getting into this kind of thing. Personally I’d prefer some European royalty with Victorian clothing, but as you said, people will buy anything.

Denise August 8, 2008 at 2:02 pm

W – O – W !!!

What will they think of next?

melissa August 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Very funny!

I totally thought of you yesterday morning when a crop duster divebombed all over the area around my house. Not the chemicals, the flying the plane bit made me think of you.

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Jenn @ Juggling Life August 8, 2008 at 10:56 pm

I think they captured McCain’s weird stiff or no neck posture perfectly.

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tysdaddy August 9, 2008 at 8:48 am

I suppose this is one way of getting the wee ones interested in politics. And they could make such cool playthings as the wee ones watch the latest on CNN or your outlet of choice.

Okay, I’m kidding. I think . . .

Mrs. Chili August 9, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Obama is TOTALLY vogue-ing there! He looks like a supermodel (Ru Paul, anyone?)

Jules~ August 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm

oh my goodness. Who would’ve thought such a product possible?

texasholly @ June Cleaver Nirvana August 9, 2008 at 7:41 pm

That is really funny. And it doesn’t even look like that much fun.

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Suzanne August 9, 2008 at 7:55 pm

But now Paris Hilton is going to demand her own doll for the ‘debates, bitches’! LOL!

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Grandy August 9, 2008 at 8:40 pm

You do realize now, don’t you, that now these paper dolls will wind up on You Tube dancing with a pole or something. Right??

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Denise @ EatPlayLove August 9, 2008 at 9:25 pm

My Oh My, i’ve seen it all! Love the hunting outfit!

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Dharmamama August 10, 2008 at 8:43 am

Wow, Obama’s stance is a bit… effeminate. I’ve seen the Bush magnet, where you can put him in a toga or other silly outfit but not anything that seems so serious! Louise has taught me something – people will not only buy anything, they’ll collect it, too!!

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ByJane August 10, 2008 at 11:48 am

I so loved paper dolls when I was a kid and maybe I still do, because when I saw these, I WANTED THEM. I want to cut out their little suits and fold the tabs down and dress them and undress them (and hey, when’s the John Edwards version coming out?)

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Kimberly August 10, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Work it Obama!

Just goes to show you people will buy anything.

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Lisa August 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm

I’m pretty sure my kids would kill me if I got either of those 😉

Bruce August 12, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I am soooo going to order the Obama book for my wife….she will love it.

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cindy August 15, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Euuuuwwww. I do not want to see John McCain in his underwear–even if it’s paper!!! The suits don’t come off, do they??

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