So what exactly is the GOP?

In politics and in the headlines everyday it talks about the GOP. What or who are they?

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  • 9 years ago
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    The Republican Party or informally the GOP (short for Grand Old Party), is one of the two major political parties in the United States. The Republican Party is pro-life, while the Democratic Party is pro-abortion.

    In the past, the Republican voter coalitions have generally comprised businessmen, military veterans and evangelical Protestants. Some groups have realigned: blacks went from the GOP to the Democrats in the 1930s, while white Southerners became Republicans in the 1980s. Catholics switched from 80% Democratic in 1960 to 50-50 in recent years, primarily due to the embrace of abortion by the Democrats. In recent years youth and better educated professionals have moved to the Democrats, while blue collar workers have become more Republican, again due to the abortion issue.

    The Republican Party was created in 1854 by anti-slavery activists. It soon swept to control of all the northern states, and in 1860 elected Abraham Lincoln president. The South seceded, and the Union side of the American Civil War was directed by Lincoln and the new party, with help from "War Democrats." The GOP (as it was also called from the 1880s) dominated the elections of the Third Party System (1854-1894) as well as the Fourth Party System or Progressive Era (1894-1932). However the Democrats built a liberal New Deal Coalition under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and dominated the Fifth Party System, 1932-1966, with the GOP only electing Eisenhower in that era. The Sixth Party System, since 1968, has been dominated by the GOP.

    18 of the 27 US Presidents since 1861 have been Republicans and since that same year a Republican has won 23 of the last 37 presidential elections. The party's most recent candidate Arizona Senator John McCain, together with his running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, lost the 2008 presidential election to Democrat Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden.

  • 9 years ago

    Republicans they are Conservative by nature GOP means Grand Old Party like the Rockefeller Days of having a Grad Ole Time boy are they ever with a Black man as president

  • 9 years ago

    Grand Old Party=Republicans.

  • 9 years ago

    It stands for grand old party, just another political term for the republican party, but in the modern day political arena it stands for Gullible Obtuse Pinheads!

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Grand Old Party, which is sort of funny because it was founded in the mid 19th Century, while the Democratic party was founded in the late 18th. (historically speaking) Perhaps it's a joking oxymoron.

    Source(s): Pluralist
  • It stands for the "Grand Olde Party" which in modern day terms is the Republican Party

  • Luis
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    Giant Old Penis

    Grand Old Pu**ies

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    the party of republicans who care about this great country..

  • 9 years ago

    A group of angry old white men suffering from prostate cancer.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Hurrah, that's what I was searching for! Thanks op of this question.

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