Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Political and Cultural Rorschach Test

I found my reactions to this photo to be surprisingly complex, to the point that I'm not even going to try to articulate them.

What are your reactions?

Well, I guess I'll state my initial and final reactions, and elide intermediate thoughts. Initial reaction: Laughter at the joke, and mockery. Clinton---how appropriate he's a Democrat. What an ass. Final reaction: Curiosity. Why did the political parties pick such ridiculous animals as their symbols? Glancing at Wikipedia articles on Republicans and Democrats, I see that perhaps they weren't so much chosen as thrust upon them, in political cartoons by Thomas Nast in the 1870s in Harper's Weekly.




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