Republicans take care of their own. When times are tough, the GOP doesn't hesitate to ride to the rescue of solid Republican symbols like Vaal, Dolly, Anna and Joe -- all 10,000 pounds of Joe.
These are the pachyderms of the Baltimore Zoo, in danger of being sold as the zoo scrambles to make up the $350,000 slashed from its budget. A zoo without the living symbols of the Republican Party? The GOP wouldn't hear of it. A party loyalist, Carol Hirschburg, initiated GOP-ADOPT to raise $12,000 to provide medical care, habitat maintenance, carrots, apples and vitamins for the zoo's four pachyderms over the next year.
Ms. Hirschburg's eleemosynary efforts did not go unnoticed. A Democrat raised $50 to keep the zoo's two donkeys in clover, so to speak. That still leaves plenty of bald eagles, lions, tigers and rhinos for adoption by other concerned citizens -- or political groups. Why shouldn't the state Democratic Party match the GOP dollar for dollar in this new political battle? It would be a wonderful civic contribution, and a heck of an animal fight.