When Cuban-born artist Jorge Rodríguez Gerada was asked to design a poster for the Democrats Abroad campaign in Spain, he decided to use the Catalan burro. The ass is the symbol of the Democratic Party and, according to the artist, the first asses to reach the Americas came from Catalonia so it’s quite possible that the Democrats’ ass is a descendant of one of them. “So what better symbol for the Democrats here,” he said. That’s as may be. We still have to hear from the Catalan nationalists, who are notoriously possessive of everything Catalan. They might not like their burro working for the campaign of Barack Obama, who has the full support of their worst enemy – the government in Madrid.


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