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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 celebrates one of the very best cartoons by Thomas Nast, published by the pro-Republican Harper's Weekly this day of 1864. 'Compromise with the South' condemns the pro-Confederate elements within the Democratic Party. These were the so-called Peace... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors William Frye, born this day of 1830. He declined William McKinley's offer of the vice presidential nomination for his second term. So instead, the 1900 Republican National Convention nominated some guy named Theodore Roosevelt. Frye practiced... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan condemns Abraham Lincoln's successor as president for coddling Confederates. As described in chapter six of Back to Basics for the Republican Party, Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, permitted the defeated rebels to remain in power after the Civil... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates a classic speech by former President Theodore Roosevelt (R-NY). On this day of 1910, he keynoted the dedication of John Brown Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas. "We come here today to commemorate one of the epoch-making... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 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
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On this day in 1920, H. L. Mencken wrote: "When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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It is "the story of the planned decline of the United States that is now in progress." It "celebrates and promotes the worst pathologies in society in an effort to kill the American experiment in self-government." It is "a vast,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery. This day in 1864, U.S. Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs authorized military burials on the grounds of Arlington House, across the river from Washington, DC. The plantation had belonged to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Described as a "brilliantly orchestrated criminal organization" that is "part political group, part crime syndicate, part terrorist organization," it has extorted billions of dollars in protection mpnet from banks and other corporations, with the government paying billions more. Law enforcement... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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This week, an acquaintance from way back when emailed me an appreciation of Back to Basics for the Republican Party: "Hello Mike Zak, I found your book a great read as well as a great condensed history lesson. A very... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Leaving aside that they are not White House correspondents, Republican honchos and staffers should not have debased themselves by attending the White House Correspondents Dinner. It was disheartening to see them socializing with the Obama administration and yukking it up... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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While campaigning this weekend for Rep. Dave Joyce - who won his primary - Grand Old Partisan visited the Mentor, Ohio home of President James Garfield. Here is Michael Zak on the site of the first-ever 'front porch' campaign. This... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan congratulates U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, winner of the Republican primary today in Ohio's 14th congressional district. The former county prosecutor is now on track for a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. I volunteered for... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates a classic denunciation of the Democratic Party's pro-slavery policies. On this day in 1860, Rep. Benjamin Stanton (R-OH) said truth to power on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives: "We are now, probably for... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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The Blaze has posted an article quoting Michael Zak about Back to Basics for the Republican Party, his history of GOP civil rights achievement: Who’s Really Responsible for the Civil Rights Act? In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan