November 4, 2008

History Factoid of the Week, Part II


Okay, this is for all of you Republicans out there...

Question: Why is the elephant the symbol of the Republican Party?

Answer: Thomas Nast strikes again! In 1874, Nast---a political cartoonist who helped propel the donkey as the symbol for the Democrats---drew a cartoon for Harper's Weekly. In this cartoon, Nast drew a stumbling elephant to represent Republican voters who were unhappy with the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. Other cartoonists picked up on the pachyderm imagery and the elephant soon came to represent the Republican Party itself, and not only its voters.

Democrats perceive the elephant as bungling, slow, and stupid. Republicans, however, view the animal as intelligent, strong, and dignified.

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