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Elephants and donkeys are lame symbols for U.S. politics in 2016

Elephants and donkeys are lame symbols for U.S. politics in 2016

Thomas Nast, the 19th century political cartoonist who even today remains the most famous practitioner of the "jugular art," drew the first full realization of the two enduring symbols of our two major political parties, the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey. 

At a time when the Republican Party is so splintered, which Republicans does the elephant represent? The dwindling establishment? The rebellious party base? The do-nothing congressional wing? The "movement" conservatives?

And does the Democratic donkey have any meaning for the millions of people who voted for Bernie Sanders? He, himself, is a newbie Democrat and many of his supporters...

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