Rodham, a fanfic New York Times bestseller that most conservatives have never heard of, is unintentionally hilarious. Its fantasy premise is that Hillary Clinton dumps Bill, who falls apart without her, and then launches a successful political career on her own.
It’s laughably delusional because the only reason Hillary Clinton had a political career was Bill. But Rodham is part of the revisionist history (in this case literally revisionist) which blames Bill for Hillary’s failures and reinvents her as an incredibly competent woman who was held back by sexism and her husband. The only audience for this consists of the small, but wealthy and passionate fanbase of Hillary suburbanites. And that’s also the audience that Hulu was targeting with The Handmaid’s Tale.
So obviously, Hulu optioned Rodham. Hulu, now controlled by Disney, has already been in the Hillary business, the way that Netflix is in the Obama business. (Is there any streamer that wants to be in the Biden business? Somehow I doubt it)
Is there really any point to the fantasy Hillary fanfic long after her defeat? It’s irrelevant to the general public, but there is a base of wealthy women, mostly Boomers, in the creative industries, willing to buy, fund, and push this material because they identify with Hillary. That says worse things about them than it does about her.
The prosaic reality is that Hillary, if she had dumped Bill, would have ended up marrying a New York lawyer and working within the bowels of the government or some corporate behemoth. She might at most have become another federal judge. But, most likely, she would have been the annoying person you deal with at the mid-level of some government agency, who seems to exist only to make other people’s lives miserable.