Root Canal Republicans
 n.— «Root Canal Republicans are led by Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan) and House Minority leader Bob Michel (R-Ill). The Root Canal Republicans want to balance the budget by spending cuts across the board and put forth a generally uninspiring view of passive government. The major asset of Root Canal traditionalists: Tremendous influence in the corridors of power in Washington.» —“GOP headed for tough times” by Philip Burgess Annapolis Institute (Md.) Nov. 17, 1992. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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