This Red White And Blue Elephants tie is for patriots of a conservative stripe, provided those stripes are red and white, which of course a patriot's would be! The elephants are styled just like the flag of the United States of America, and are elephants because conservatives are hard-headed, like elephants. That's not it? Hmm... I don't think it's got to do with the smell (I mean who would advertise that?). Because they never forget? Because that takes on kind of a dark connotation in the context of politics, like "They never forget who crosses them." No, apparently the Republican symbol is just related to a political cartoon from the 1870s. But you'll be happy to know the Democrats did get their donkey for being stubborn jackasses (Andrew Jackson in particular).