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blue dog Democrat

Syllabification: blue dog Dem·o·crat
(also Blue Dog Democrat)

Definition of blue dog Democrat in English:

noun

informal
(In the US) a Democrat from a southern state who has a conservative voting record.
Example sentences
  • But when the Committee passed their tax cut this week, it was strictly along party lines, no Democrats, no blue dog Democrats, no conservative Democrats, no moderate Democrats joined the Republican majority.
  • They cannot make the mistake that was made, I think, in the Senate, where they literally got the conservative blue dog Democrats to lead the opposition.
  • I mean, they're all pretty far to the left, and that's the reason that she won, and that's the reason that he was completely trounced, along with a very few blue dog Democrats.

Origin

from the name of a coalition of Southern Democrats in the US Congress formed in 1995. Their name alludes to an older term, “yellow dog Democrat,” for a party loyalist who allegedly “would vote for a yellow dog if it were on the ballot as a Democrat.”.

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