machine politician


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Noun1.machine politician - a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public endsmachine politician - a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
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A likeable machine politician, he has about as much in common with Jeremy Corbyn as a traffic cone does with a hot air balloon.
But, after the unexpected death of his mentor, the skillful machine politician and Labour Party leader John Smith, he was catapulted to the top, as though by divine right.
He became famous as a machine politician obsessed with internal party machinations.
They don't see her as a victim but as a relentlessly ambitious machine politician.
In Illinois, Cruz Paints Trump as a Machine Politician, by Patrick Svitek - Launching a daylong barnstorm of Illinois, U.
machine politician and, SPOILER ALERT, isn't ever really going to do anything radical.
Back in those days and even into the early 1980s, the UMWA had clout--the kind of clout that would rattle a Chicago machine politician.
There's irony in the fact that Rahm Emanuel, the tough-guy aide to the President, now wants to be the successor to Chicago's Daley dynasty, because the first Daley was the ultimate '50s nice-guy machine politician.
Herbert Morrison, Labour's most influential machine politician who captured the London County Council in 1934, would have been a better choice.
Mao, the brutal megalomaniac, meets Tricky Dick, the slippery machine politician.
Archetypal machine politician Tom Pendergast, who ran Kansas City with a proverbial iron hand, aided Harry Truman's political rise at virtually every step.
But Levine also sees Vargas's second regime as doomed from the start; the brilliant machine politician might play the game of electoral mobilization, but it was a dangerous game for which he was ultimately ill-suited.