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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Political Icons

The Democratic Donkey began during the 1828 presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson, who opponents called a stubborn jackass. He adapted the animal as his official campaign image, saying he was strong as any ass could be.

The Republican Party mascot of the Elephant came almost a half century later,  from an 1874 political cartoon in which a Democratic donkey dressed in a lion's skin scared off all of the farm and zoo animals, except for the strong, brave Elephant.

So stubbornness and strength are behind both political icons.

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