As far as is known, the term was coined by (or at least first published by) political satirist and humorist PJ O'Rourke as an essay and later published in his book, Holidays in Hell regarding the Lefty-loving, hacky-sack playing dirtballs who mourned the Sandinista's (FSLN, led by Daniel Ortega) death as a political power in Nicaragua.
The Sandalista can be described as any number of unwashed, unshaven, greasy, long-haired psuedo-hippies who spent their time lamenting the passing of Che Guevara, Paul Wellstone and most specifically, the death of Communism in Nicaragua. Their honorary political figurehead is now Jimmy Carter. They are no longer welcomed by the decent people of Nicaragua, so they came back to the United States to torment and pester the public here.
Sandalistas put no effort whatsoever into making themselves presentable to the public at large, nor any effort into obtaining job skills that would make them the least bit employable. They can be identified by sandal-clad unwashed feet, unshaven pits and legs (females), scabs, foul breath, unshaven faces (male and female) and wild, matted, uncombed hair. Their stench announces their approach. Puka shells and love-beads are their choice of tribal adornment. Females typically wear long batik skirts (to identify them as female, allegedly) to hide the bug bites on their legs, and wear no make-up. Males may or may not wear black make-up around their eyes. Many are pierced all over their bodies and head, and most have some sort of tribal tattoo. In all, it is a failed attempt to appear the peasantry they want you to think they represent.
Their politics are always Leftist.
The only species of humanoid more vile smelling than the Sandalista is the feces-encrusted drunken wino and the elusive Skunk-Ape of the Florida Everglades. Though the Skunk-Ape has better personal hygiene.
Jesus H! Look at that filthy, stinking dirtball handing out flyers on the corner! Is that stench coming from HIM? Damn, I wish them Sandalistas would get a bath and a job. Let's get the hell out of here before his fleas jump on to us!
A pejorative nickname given to the political pilgrims from the West who travelled to Nicaragua during the 1980s in support of the Sandinistas, based on their tendency to wear sandals.
The sandalistas usually swallowed the propaganda they were being fed by Sandanista officials hook, line and sinker.
1. A long-haired, dope-smoking, wire-rimmed, Birkenstock-clad, maggot-infested, unwashed KKKlinton supporter.
2. The reason insecticide and deodorant were invented.
3. Someone so high on Thai stick that they actually believe that Democrats make sense.
4. A subset of Liberal assclowns. In this case, a bad mixture of illegal psychadelic drugs and Karl Marx. In other words, unrepentant hippies.
I wish that friggin' sandalista would discover the benefits of soap and water. Patchouli can't cover the reek of marijuana and body odor.