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  • Originally used in the phrase blue dog Democrat, but also shortened to this quite frequently, e.g.:

    "... determined to protect the seats of 'blue dogs' from rural districs who are essential to preserving the party's majority in the House...." and "The NRA loves blue dogs like Boren." (both from Michael Isikoff and Suzanne Smalley, "Obama Gets Gun-Shy," Newsweek, April 20, 2009)

    April 21, 2009