Who were history’s greatest Republicans? Go to GOP.com, click on “Republican HEROES see them all” and start laughing.

Turns out there are a lot fewer Republican HEROES than I thought. A grand total of 18. Since there are so few, even liberal me could probably come up with most of them.

How about the Presidents? Turns out there are exactly 18, so that must be it: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert C. Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald W. Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, George Walker Bush.

But NOPE, I’m not even close. Only three of those are included in the list: Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan. Even a guy on Mount Rushmore, Teddy Roosevelt, didn’t rate.

Wow, who the hell could beat Roosevelt to the ‘HEROES’ list? Adam Smith? Ayn Rand? Barry Goldwater? Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter? Oh, wait–Jesus H. Christ, maybe? Nah, c’mon, don’t be silly…

Frederick Douglass, of course.

Octavius_Catto-128x172And Octavius Catto, [wikipedia] natch: “African American educator, intellectual, and civil rights activist.”

Joseph_Rainey-128x172Joseph Rainey, “…the first African American person to serve in the United States House of Representatives.”

Jose_Celso_Barbosa-128x172Dr. José Celso Barbosa. “‘The father of the Statehood for Puerto Rico movement’, Barbosa was also the first Puerto Rican with an American (United States) medical degree.”

John_Mercer_Langston_-_Brady-Handy5-128x172Abolitionist John Langston “was the first African American elected to the U.S. Congress from Virginia.”

Hiram_Rhodes_Revels-128x172Hiram Revels, “the first African American to serve in the United States Senate.”

Edward_Brooke-128x172Edward Brooke, “the first African American to be elected by popular vote to the United States Senate.”

And finally, let’s not forget our featured website player…the great, the one and only……OH NO! Itcan‘t be.

A great HEROIC REPUBLICAN like him, and they can’t even get his name right, there on the link. Pinckney Pinchback. Don’t know how that could have happened.

“…the first non-white and first person of African American descent to become governor of a U.S. state. A Republican, he served as the governor of Louisiana for 35 days, from December 9, 1872, to January 13, 1873.

Nicholas Lemann, in Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, described Pinchback as ‘an outsized figure: newspaper publisher, gambler, orator, speculator, dandy, mountebank – served for a few months as the state’s Governor and claimed seats in both houses of Congress following disputed elections but could not persuade the members of either to seat him.'”

An heroic Republican, to be sure. But greater than the President U.S. Grant?

I wonder why all the above images, except the Langston pic, were merely copied directly from their Wikipedia pages. I’d have figured many of these stalwart Republican families would have proudly rendered to their beloved GOP images of their pioneering forefathers years ago. You know, for all those glorious gushing publications, trophies, and awards lo these many decades.

Here, here’s the link, maybe you can figure it out. Incidentally, upon arriving amongst the greats, the first pictured HERO you will see there, you might say ‘Wait–is that…?’ Yes it is:

Susan_B_Anthony_amer-pol-hist-128x172Susan B. Anthony.

ADD: The Quick and the Red:

–JenJen finds the heroic cluelessness continues.

digitalprophet11 reinterprets the GOP’s wayward website:

They’re number one.


3 thoughts Who were history’s greatest Republicans? Go to GOP.com, click on “Republican HEROES see them all” and start laughing.

  1. avatar toma says:

    Add: who were the last 6 of the 18?

    –Jackie Robinson
    –Clara Barton
    –African American activist Mary Terrell
    –Senator Everett Dirksen
    –Judge Frank Minis Johnson
    –Prohibitionist Judith Ellen Foster

    African Americans, women, people who worked for civil rights. Ugh.

  2. avatar giantslor says:

    These people would be furious if they could see that they were being used to promote the GOP, the party descended not from Lincoln but from the Dixiecrats, the party that gave us the Southern Strategy. These “GOP Heroes” would be Democrats today.

  3. avatar toma says:

    So, gs, you’re telling me Frederick Douglass might not be a Republican? I am SHOCKED. Shocked beyond more pretending to be shocked.

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