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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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The entirety of a press release that appeared on Suarez's own website nearly two years after the publication of Dogcatcher Catches Dog:
Because to say today what the Chief Justice of the United States said 28 years ago would be to render oneself unfit for public office--not merely as Chief Justice but as CEO of a private company, or host of a cable home-remodeling show, or dogcatcher in Dead Moose Junction.
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I see him as a pragmatist who, whatever he may hold in his heart, knows full well that you can't get elected dogcatcher in most parts of this country--and certainly not to high office--without professing belief in Judeo-Christian mythology.
Harry chimes in, "She once chased a dogcatcher half a mile with a baseball bat," and David quips, "Well, she hasn't changed as much as you think."
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He remains the most popular candidate of the center-right while the current French Socialist president, Francois Hollande, is so miserably unpopular he couldn't get elected as a dogcatcher. Hollande's popularity rating is 16 per cent and falling.
While there are hypothetical fact patterns that would warrant a finding of waste (e.g., a regulated utility in California bankrolls a super PAC whose sole purpose is to elect a candidate for dogcatcher in a small town in Maine), the vast majority of corporate political contributions will not fall into this category.
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The party pays everything from dogcatcher to president of the United States.
No, he wouldn't even be elected head dogcatcher of Teheran.
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When internal policing failed, the TVHA resorted to the threat of official police power, whether in the form of citing trespassers or having the dogcatcher apprehend roaming dogs.
The secretariat has said that it was 'bitter humour', and all that happened was the local dogcatcher had removed the dog.
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