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Grand Old Partisan
Washington, DC
I am a public speaker to conservative organizations and the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party.
Interests: the heritage of the Republican Party
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Grand Old Partisan honors Gamaliel Bailey, born this day of 1807. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College, then made a voyage to China as ship surgeon. After helping quell a cholera epidemic in Cincinnati, he set up his own practice... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commends the GOP-controlled 37th Congress for expelling a traitorous Representative, this day of 1861. McKee Dunn, an Indiana Republican, led the charge. Ousted was Henry Burnett, "a big, burly, loud-mouthed" three-term Democrat from Kentucky. Burnett had chaired... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates President Gerald Ford's visit to China. He arrived there this day of 1975, "to build on the dialog" started by President Richard Nixon's visit nearly four years earlier. He met briefly with an ailing Chairman Mao,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates a recent article about Back to Basics for the Republican Party. Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal wrote: "Hillary Clinton walked right into one key Donald Trump line after strangely invoking Abraham Lincoln... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan recalls James Garfield contrasting the "deserving" Republican Party with the "unpatriotic" Democrats. This day of 1877, the future President was debating an Ohio Democrat who had supported the Confederacy during the Civil War: "Let me say that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan highlights a recent article entitled Finally! Trump takes the party back to basics. Alicia Colon writes: "For those Republicans who want to learn more about the proud history of the GOP, may I suggest they read Michael... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan praises Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections. White House correspondent Fred Lucas has written a fascinating narrative of six closely decided races for the presidency. Each chapter engages the reader... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan recalls a classic denunciation of Democrat Devilries. This day of 1876, future President James Garfield (R-OH) taunted his Party of Slavery colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives: "It is now time to inquire as to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Leona Wells, born in Illinois this day of 1877. She was the first woman to work as a congressional staffer. Yes, she was a Republican. The Hill newspaper published my article about her: Leona Wells or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates having been asked to write the DCGOP's vote-casting speech for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Chairman José Cunningham delivered it: "The District of Columbia, whose local GOP organization was instrumental in creation of the Republican National... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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On May 22 last year, the Mobile County Republican Party hosted a "Back to Basics" event. The keynote speaker was Michael Zak, author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party. "The first annual Mobile GOP Gala Dinner was a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan celebrates another stellar review of Back to Basics for the Republican Party: DC-based author and lecturer Michael Zak on his Grand Old Partisan website says: "I am offering the solution to a problem most Republicans don't know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan thanks Michael Barone for writing an article about Back to Basics for the Republican Party. Yesterday, the Weekly Standard published A frankly Republican history of American politics: "They don't make political rhetoric like they used to. 'As... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates a classic speech by James Garfield. On this day of 1879, the future president shared some wisdom with young people deciding whether to be vote Republican. "As you are about to pitch your tent in one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan
Grand Old Partisan recommends a magnificent new biography of the first Republican President of the United States -- Lincoln: the Presidential Archives, by Chuck Wills. What, another book about Lincoln? Yes indeed, and it's magnificent! More than just a book,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan
Compare this video of children singing in praise of Barack Obama: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrfrdptVJEg to the scene in Cabaret of German children signing Tomorrow Belongs To Me: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdM8PDu6VMg Yes, it can happen here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan recalls an American Spectator article about Back to Basics for the Republican Party. With the national Republican Party at its lowest ebb in decades, Michael Zak reminds us that it was not always this way. He is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan
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Ever since this day five years ago, Obama the Destroyer has been the lede article atop my Grand Old Partisan blog: "After the polls closed on election night 2008, I was answering the phone at the McCain/Palin national campaign office.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan