Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Fiddling as Rome burns?

Thomas Nast, creator of the Santa Claus image we all know, also established the donkey as the symbol of the Democratic Party and the elephant as the symbol of the Republican Party. With nothing better to do, the Green National Committee bravely took up the task of deciding what the Green Party "Mascot" should be.

The results?

Apparently the top vote getter was...(suspenseful music)...the turtle.

I'm thinking that this might be a good, and free, choice for the actual Nast-like symbol:wish I knew how to post it here.

Number 2 on the hit parade is apparently the frog. The Global Greens have adopted this symbol.

Number 3? How about these apples? "No Green Party Animal Mascot at all"

Number 4? The bee.

Not clear if this is the Africanized bee, the honey bee, bumble bee or Sacramento Bee...but it's a bee. Maybe we could persuade the British government to allow us to use their drawing of a bee...

Number 5? None of the above. And yes, there was a good deal of discussion as to what the difference is between NOTA and No Green Party Animal Mascot at all. I'm not sure I can tell you the difference with certanity, but does it matter?

Finally, our favorite animal...the sunflower. Not an animal you say? Prove it!

So, we now have six Green National Committee approved "Animal Mascots"...including an insect, a flower, and two versions of "Thanks, but no thanks".

And the Democrats and Republicans say they have nothing to worry about from we Greens! Just you wait until we bring Nast back from the dead to draw us a series of six mascots. Not sure what NOTA will look like, but I can't wait to see!
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