Why is the Republican party in America sometimes referred to as "the GOP"?
What does GOP stand for?
Because bakc in the day it used to be THE GRAND OLD PARTY, it also used to be the big tent party, before the right wing nut talking heads and the teapartiers turned it into the small sleeping bag party.
The Grand Old Party is the historical origin. However, they could more accurately be called the Guarantors of Poverty. A historian also wrote a book called "God's Own Party." That is also a possibility.
Mio Cid is correct - it was traditionally called the Grand Old Party for years, but that term is a bit dated now. It also takes more time and/or space to use it fully in newscasts or print articles.
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