Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 13:03:43 -0500
From: Larry Horn laurence.horn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: Yellow dog Democrats

At 12:43 PM -0500 2/13/98, Gregory {Greg} Downing wrote:

"Yellow dog democrat" I have no cites handy on, but some time in the 80s I
read something that asserted it came from the idea of someone (especially in
the South, when the South was pretty overwhelmingly Democrat, i.e., 1860s to
1940s) who was so strictly a Democrat voter that s/he'd vote Democrat if the
party ran a yellow dog for office. I.e., a very loyal and/or very partisan
Democrat, esp. in the South.

That's the sense I'm familiar with--someone who would vote for EVEN a
yellow dog that ran on the Democratic ticket. Them was the days. Then
there are the boll-weevils.