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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 commends the GOP for establishing the nation's first agricultural college. The Michigan state constitution had authorized such a school, but nothing happened until Republicans won control of the legislature in 1854. February 12th the following year, the... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan admires Nathan Hale, born in southern Virginia this day of 1860. His father was the renowned Drayton Hale, perhaps the only person in the future-Confederate states to vote for Abraham Lincoln. Drayton fled for his life on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Grand Old Partisan
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"His achievements in every field of endeavor marked him as a man of extraordinary ability... a lawyer, a soldier of great renown, a statesman of recognized ability and a popular orator." Grand Old Partisan salutes John Logan, born in southern... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Samuel Hamblen, born in Maine this day of 1836. His goal was to study medicine in Germany, but the Civil War changed his plans. He enlisted in the 3rd Maine Infantry. Promoted to Lt. Colonel, he... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan was quoted in a recent article comparing Donald Trump with the 1940 Republican presidential nominee: "Wendell Willkie had a folksy, middle-America appeal that the brash New York billionaire cannot match," Republican Party historian Michael Zak told TheBlaze.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan congratulates Terry Branstad for becoming the nation's longest-serving Governor. Today is the six-term Iowa Republican's 7,642nd day in office as Governor of Iowa. His tenure now surpasses that of George Clinton, Governor of New York from 1777... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan credits the DCGOP for helping to create the Republican Party. As I wrote on its website: "Anti-slavery activists established the DC Republican Party on June 19, 1855. This was before all but a few state GOP organizations... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 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
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Grand Old Partisan salutes a beloved African-American Republican activist. Yesterday, friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of Alice Banks, who had reached the age of 93. She was a life-long Republican, who volunteered tirelessly for the DCGOP and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan laments the buffoonery of those who believed Barack Obama. On this day of 2008, Senator Obama said: "I take the constitution very seriously. The biggest problem that we're facing right now has to do with George Bush... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan
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the DCGOP holds its first meeting under new leadership, celebrating the birthday of Abraham Lincoln the 16th President with José Cunningham, Chairman Old Abe with Patrick Mara, Executive Director the Great Emancipator with Michael Zak, Grand Old Partisan hospitality for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Grand Old Partisan
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"Just words. Just speeches". Barack Obama has shown an astonishing lack of interest in helping to resolve the financial crisis. Preferring to devote his time to dazzling crowds, he told his fellow Democrats "Call me if you need me". Obama... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Michael Zak -- with Reince Priebus (and Abraham Lincoln) and Paul Ryan -- at his Lincoln Day speech in Janesville, Wisconsin Michael Zak is author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party, a history of GOP civil rights achievement.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan laments Barack Obama's speech in Columbia, Missouri this day of 2008. Forty thousand Democrats cheered him when he said: "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." Like the tens of millions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan remembers Sarah Palin's first appearance on Saturday Night Live, this day of 2008. Opening the show was a chat between her and Lorne Michaels, while Tina Fey impersonated her on stage. Palin then walked on stage, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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What an honor it was for me to meet Justice Clarence Thomas, at a reception in the home of Armstrong Williams this day in 2007. I thanked him for citing my book, Back to Basics for the Republican Party, in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Three years ago, Grand Old Partisan addressed the Austin Republican Women. He explained how Republicans would benefit tremendously from appreciating our party's heritage. The club extended another invitation, for this Thursday. Topics included unifying the GOP, resisting Obama's tyrannical tendencies,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan was present for Arnold Schwartzenegger's classic speech at the Republican National Convention. On this day of 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger said: Thank you very much. Thank you. What a greeting. What a greeting. Wow! This -- This is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan