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couldn't get elected dogcatcher

So unpopular or unqualified as to be unable to be elected to even the lowliest role. A hyperbolic phrase, especially since animal control officers are appointed, not elected. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. After making off-color remarks about several demographics of voters, the would-be mayor couldn't even get elected dogcatcher.
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While on the trail of this elusive boy, Dog is captured by the dogcatcher and taken to the pound.
To Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa: Thank you for realizing that neither of you could be elected dogcatcher in a statewide election.
He did what nearly all of the more than 40,000 candidates in America regularly do at election time while seeking public office, from the White House to dogcatcher in Jennings Lodge, Oregon, he praised Israel as the all time indispensable American ally.
That sure sounded like a clarion call to pull the Republican lever, touch the Republican part of the electronic screen or check off the Republicans on your absentee ballot for all offices from city dogcatcher to U.
The readers/viewers know firsthand the traffic, schools, city council, dogcatcher candidates--you name it--addressed in the day's editorials.
He then escapes from the dogcatcher, and when he crawls through raspberry bushes in search of Patsy Ann, he finds himself in Alaska in 1935
Bloom, who preaches keeping politics and ideology out of literature, succumbs in a chapter on Emerson within his anthology to this: "In George Bush's America, Emerson would not be elected dogcatcher.
Since none of these parties has the slightest chance of capturing an office higher than municipal dogcatcher, you'll never have to kick yourself when your dream candidate proves wretched once in power.
August issue), Molly Ivins calls Wesley Clark a "bubble for Democratic Ike, attractive candidate in many ways, but in my experience, there's no experience like experience, and this guy's never run for dogcatcher.
Mino r or not, dogcatcher or not, these are issues that twenty-three other states, plus the District of Columbia, who all have poet laureates, will have to address, and matters that will invariably come up when there's a national meeting of state poet laureates in New Hampshire this coming April.
The winning entries for singular and for plural are DOGCATCHER and CATS AND DOGS.
Given the choice, Americans seem inclined to elect everyone from the president to the dogcatcher.
Without Kostunica, this so-called democracy movement couldn't get itself elected to dogcatcher in Belgrade.