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Why is the mascot of the democratic party a JACKASS?

Drue-AFCL 2012/07/30 19:22:43
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  • none 2012/07/30 19:49:18
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    Look and listen to Dimorats and you'll have the answer.

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  • James 2012/08/01 02:46:19
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    It goes back to the campaign of Andrew Jackson. He was called a jackass by his opponent and he took advantage of it.
  • Wahvlvke 2012/07/31 14:34:04
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    The first crats were squeezed out of a donkeys ass. It's a memorial thing.
  • Semper Fi 2012/07/31 14:13:05
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    Because they thought Monkey Nuts might be too offensive?
  • BifDaddy 2012/07/31 14:07:50
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    Because nearly all of its members are?
  • DougE 2012/07/31 13:58:31
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    I think they knew in advance that eventually we'd see them as they really are.
  • Bouncer 2012/07/31 13:34:12
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    Because the shoe fits.
  • Franklin 2012/07/31 13:11:42
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    While not the official symbol it represents stubbornness – and ironically was original supposed to mean opposition to change . The Democrat party emerged from the southern opposition to the Nationalist civil war and originally vowed to oppose expansion of the federal government ….very amusing when one looks back !
  • Grandpa 2012/07/31 12:47:42
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    Because a jackass is stubborn and smells bad >>> Vote wiser in 2012
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/07/31 12:45:14
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    "Democrats are Sexier...."

    "Has anyone ever gotten a good piece of elephant?"
  • Hawkeye Lady Wh... 2012/07/31 13:35:59
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    I would imagine that there are some Elephants that have or there wouldn't BE any..
    But then,, YOU aren't talking about other elephants,, are you??

    Frankly,, I NEVER heard of anyone getting a piece of Jackass either..

    Makes ME wonder.. Just how big IS that Democrat "Big Tent" anyway??

    Three Rings????
  • Drue-AFCL Lady Wh... 2012/07/31 19:16:44
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    LOL ! Donkeys are not sexier and for the most part neither are Democrats!
  • SJG 2012/07/31 11:38:36
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    Because the fat, bloated elephant was already taken.
  • Lady Wh... SJG 2012/07/31 12:44:07
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    Perfect!
  • Hawkeye 2012/07/31 11:00:18
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    When Andrew Jackson ran for president in 1828, his opponents tried to label him a "jackass" for his populist views and his slogan, "Let the people rule." Jackson, however, picked up on their name calling and turned it to his own advantage by using the donkey on his campaign posters. During his presidency, the donkey was used to represent Jackson's stubbornness when he vetoed re-chartering the National Bank.

    The first time the donkey was used in a political cartoon to represent the Democratic party, it was again in conjunction with Jackson. Although in 1837 Jackson was retired, he still thought of himself as the Party's leader and was shown trying to get the donkey to go where he wanted it to go. The cartoon was titled "A Modern Baalim and his Ass".

    Interestingly enough, the person credited with getting the donkey widely accepted as the Democratic party's symbol probably had no knowledge of the prior associations. Thomas Nast, a famous political cartoonist, came to the United States with his parents in 1840 when he was six. He first used the donkey in an 1870 Harper's Weekly cartoon to represent the "Copperhead Press" kicking a dead lion, symbolizing Lincoln's Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, who had recently died. Nast intended the donkey to represent an anti-war faction ...







    When Andrew Jackson ran for president in 1828, his opponents tried to label him a "jackass" for his populist views and his slogan, "Let the people rule." Jackson, however, picked up on their name calling and turned it to his own advantage by using the donkey on his campaign posters. During his presidency, the donkey was used to represent Jackson's stubbornness when he vetoed re-chartering the National Bank.

    The first time the donkey was used in a political cartoon to represent the Democratic party, it was again in conjunction with Jackson. Although in 1837 Jackson was retired, he still thought of himself as the Party's leader and was shown trying to get the donkey to go where he wanted it to go. The cartoon was titled "A Modern Baalim and his Ass".

    Interestingly enough, the person credited with getting the donkey widely accepted as the Democratic party's symbol probably had no knowledge of the prior associations. Thomas Nast, a famous political cartoonist, came to the United States with his parents in 1840 when he was six. He first used the donkey in an 1870 Harper's Weekly cartoon to represent the "Copperhead Press" kicking a dead lion, symbolizing Lincoln's Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, who had recently died. Nast intended the donkey to represent an anti-war faction with whom he disagreed , but the symbol caught the public's fancy and the cartoonist continued using it to indicate some Democratic editors and newspapers.

    Later, Nast used the donkey to portray what he called "Caesarism" showing the alleged Democratic uneasiness over a possible third term for Ulysses S. Grant. In conjunction with this issue, Nast helped associate the elephant with the Republican party. Although the elephant had been connected with the Republican party in cartoons that appeared in 1860 and 1872, it was Nast's cartoon in 1874 published by Harper's Weekly that made the pachyderm stick as the Republican's symbol. A cartoon titled "The Third Term Panic," showed animals representing various issues running away from a donkey wearing a lion's skin tagged "Caesarism." The elephant labeled "The Republican Vote," was about to run into a pit containing inflation, chaos, repudiation, etc..

    By 1880 the donkey was well established as a mascot for the Democratic party. A cartoon about the Garfield-Hancock campaign in the New York Daily Graphic showed the Democratic candidate mounted on a donkey, leading a procession of crusaders.

    Over the years, the donkey and the elephant have become the accepted symbols of the Democratic and Republican parties. Although the Democrats have never officially adopted the donkey as a party symbol, we have used various donkey designs on publications over the years. The Republicans have actually adopted the elephant as their official symbol and use their design widely.

    The Democrats think of the elephant as bungling, stupid, pompous and conservative -- but the Republicans think it is dignified, strong and intelligent. On the other hand, the Republicans regard the donkey as stubborn, silly and ridiculous -- but the Democrats claim it is humble, homely, smart, courageous and loveable.
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  • Franklin Hawkeye 2012/07/31 13:02:47
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    LOL- I should have known you would be the only one who knew the real answer . I am posting the short version myself.
  • Hawkeye Franklin 2012/07/31 13:26:10
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    I always knew that it started with the Jackson administration and that it was intended to be an insult.. The rest I got from the internet..

    Kinda Ironic,, ain't it??

    The Jackass was intended to be an Insult to the Democrats and yet today,, it's the Democrats who are an insult to the Jackass..

    And the REST of America as well..

    ROFLMAO..
  • princess 2012/07/31 09:32:34
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    Because they are!! lol
  • ThinkAboutIt! 2012/07/31 08:34:47
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    Seems obvious.
  • Biki~pwcm/potl~ 2012/07/31 06:53:28
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    But the hot air that comes out of the back end of the jackass-in-chief is about the same that comes out of all his zombie followers.
  • shaltov72 2012/07/31 06:50:48
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    Because they only think out of one side of their brain and that is the leftie side! They except socialism, push marxisim in state run pubic schools, they thing it is OK to murder the unborn and exploit young women and teenage girls, they are satanic, most have no moral values and they hate anything or anyone who is a Christian. They do nothing to protect the citizens about the borders and they push illegals coming in so they can get a vote! They push all kinds of free stuff and get you enslaved!
  • james.bowman.146 2012/07/31 06:02:54
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    Actually, there is a reason. The Democrat, President Johnson. was criticized as being a jackass. Then the Donkey became the symbol. I'm not kidding. President Jackson jackass
  • Drue-AFCL james.b... 2012/07/31 19:17:38
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    Thanks!
  • james.b... Drue-AFCL 2012/08/01 07:31:20
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    :D No problem. lol
  • AL 2012/07/31 05:53:51 (edited)
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    Because the asses get all their jack from the unions
  • relic 2012/07/31 04:09:16
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    It's the most appropriate. Now what do you think about changing the Republican symbol?

    rhino
  • AL relic 2012/07/31 07:09:19
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    Tea anyone?
  • Denny 2012/07/31 03:59:21
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    So they can relate.
  • Diana 2012/07/31 02:54:54
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    Because they are Jack Asse's
  • mark 2012/07/31 02:46:02 (edited)
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    Thomas Nast

    thomas nast

    He is the originator of both parties animal depictions. He is also the man who gave us the modern version of Santa Claus and The Christmas Tree with presents.
  • mark mark 2012/07/31 02:52:24
  • AL mark 2012/07/31 07:10:41
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    Thats it! Save your own A**!
  • Scott C 2012/07/31 02:17:39
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    I don't know why they chose that poor Jackass but I bet he'd like to resign.
  • NPC 2012/07/31 01:55:37
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    All you have to do is think about how they act most of the time
  • fisherman 2012/07/31 01:37:37
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    because they couldnt use a chronic masturbator as a logo .
  • wildcat 2012/07/31 01:30:50
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    the fat turds took the elephant
  • CAPISCE 2012/07/31 01:19:52
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    Because they couldn't logo a leach leaches
  • jody.cotton3 2012/07/31 01:15:13
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    they need to be led,,,not good thinkers
  • Josey Wales 2012/07/31 01:15:06
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    could this be why?
  • Chris 2012/07/31 00:17:49
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    Thomas Nast, who created the elephant and the donkey, was a comic strip author and a Republican who didn't particularly like the Democratic party. So he made their symbol a donkey. Source: my Political Science 101 professor told us this story.
  • Cliff Chris 2012/07/31 01:42:01 (edited)
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    Thomas Nast knew who the asses were.

    Thomas Nast elephant and donkey

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