Elephants are fat, gassy and greedy. They hog up the water and vegetation leaving as little as possible for other animals.<quoted text>
Whose bright idea was it to pick a jackass as their party's symbol?
Elephants are gentle giants with high levels of intelligence, interesting methods of communication, complex social structures and demonstrate concern for family members and take care of weak or injured members.
What do donkeys do again?
As for the donkey, it was a useful farm animal well into the 19th century. The elephant is distinctly non-American.