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Today in History: A Donkey Is Born 

As a symbol of the Democratic party, the donkey first appeared on January 15th, 1870 in Harper's Weekly in a political cartoon by Thomas H. Nast that  criticized Edwin Stanton, former Secretary of War, by using the caption, "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion".  Some believe the "jackass" played on a twist of General Andrew Jackson's name …

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