Yellow dog Democrats
Randy Black says: "The term Yellow Dog Democrat goes back decades to a
time when ANY Democrat would vote for an old yellow dog if it were running on
the Democratic ticket. It can apply to Republics too these days. The term, Yellow
Dog Democrat, blossomed during all of the hoopla which surrounded the 1928 elections,
when Al Smith ran for President against Herbert Hoover. During that campaign,
Senator Tom Heflin, of Alabama, declined to back his fellow Democrat, Al Smith
the Governor of NY. In fact it was much worse than that, Senator Heflin decided
to back Herbert Hoover, who would then go on to become President- a Republican
President no less. Heflin's controversial actions were considered heresy, especially
in the South. As you can imagine, quite a large number of Alabamans vehemently
disagreed with Senator Heflin's decision to cross his "Party Lines".
Hence, the popular saying, "I'd vote for a yellow dog if he ran on the
Democratic ticket" was born! It was adopted as the proud slogan of the
staunch party loyalist. At the time, this phrase certainly did not reflect well
on Senator Heflin.
Adapted from William Safire's Safire's New Political Dictionary".
RH: Those were the days of the Solid South. Did any Southern state vote for
Ronald Hilton -