||To cartoonist Joseph Keppler of Puck magazine, the key difference in the
presidential race is the burden that the Democratic party imposes on its
nominee, General Winfield Hancock. The strong Hancock bravely shoulders the
Democratic Donkey, which is blinded by stupidity, earmarked for
"soft-money" schemes, saddled with sympathy to the former Confederate
cause, and pulled down by the desire for political "spoils"
(patronage) of Tammany Hall boss John Kelly, appearing as an Irish leprechaun.
Meanwhile, his Republican presidential rival, James Garfield, has the advantage
of a gallant white steed, the Republican party, which will carry him swiftly to
the White House. According to the artist, Garfield's disadvantages are minor
encumbrances: his Stalwart vice-presidential running-mate Chester Arthur and
Garfield's involvement in the Credit Mobilier (September 1872) and de Golyer scandals. (The latter concerned Garfield using his
influence as chair of the House Appropriations Committee to issue a favorable
contract to a paving company.)