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"'That's What's the Matter.' Boss Tweed. 'As long as I count the Votes, what are you going to do about it? say?'"

``That`s What`s the Matter.` Boss Tweed. `As long as I count the Votes, what are you going to do about it? say?`` Political cartoon, engraving
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In 1871, at the culmination of Thomas Nast’s crusade against political corruption in New York City, he drew “Boss” Tweed leaning on a ballot box, which sits on a stand that bears the inscription: “In counting there is strength.” Nast’s caricatures of William Marcy Tweed, who operated the Democratic Party political machine from behind the scenes, depict a familiar figure—at once sinister and ridiculous.