Mitch Daniels, stand-up comedian:
It’s not fair and it’s not true for the president to attack Republicans in Congress as obstacles on these [economic] questions. They and they alone have passed bills to reduce borrowing, reform entitlements and encourage new job creation, only to be shot down time and time again by the president and his Democratic Senate allies.
I gather that Mr. Daniels steals at least some of his ideas from that celebrated comedy writer of ancient yesteryear, Aristophanes, who once poignantly put in the mouth of another wantonly humorous demagogue: "I am the dog, since I bark in your defense."
For a mascot the GOP should nix the pachyderm and go with a snarling canine; perhaps one of those "ugliest-dogs-of-the-year" mutts.