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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 salutes Civil War hero Rutherford Hayes. On this day of 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army, the Republican Governor commissioning him a Major with the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Leaving behind a pregnant wife and three... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes William Lawrence, born in eastern Ohio this day of 1819. After graduating from nearby Franklin College, he studied at the University of Cincinnati Law School. His house in Bellefontaine is on the National Register of Historic... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Chester Darrall, born in Pennsylvania this day of 1842. Graduating from the Albany Medical College, he enlisted as surgeon of the 86th New York Volunteer Infantry. This regiment fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors John Jay, grandson of the famous Founder, born in New York City this day of 1817. While at Columbia College, he was elected president of the New York Young Men's Antislavery Society. After graduation, he studied... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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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The corruptions and intrigues of Washington … defeated the will of the people. That might come close to Andrew Jackson’s sentiment if he could comment on his image is being removed from the $20 bill. Those were at least his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan is happy to see anti-slavery Republican Harriet Tubman replacing pro-slavery Democrat Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Yes, it's true. She was a Republican. Born into slavery on Maryland's eastern shore in 1822, Tubman escaped to Pennsylvania... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 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 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