couldn't get elected dogcatcher(redirected from couldn't be elected dog-catcher)
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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