November 11th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
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New site allows users to discuss rebuilding the GOP

The RNC has launched a new Web site that allows users to share their reasons for backing the party and to share their ideas for regrouping in the wake of Democratic successes in last week's election.
The RNC has launched a new Web site that allows users to share their reasons for backing the party and to share their ideas for regrouping in the wake of Democratic successes in last week's election.

(CNN) – A week after a group of young conservatives laid out an ambitious agenda for the Republican Party that’s focused on catching up to the Democrats online, the RNC has launched a Web site that allows users to explain and share their reasons for backing the GOP.

Users who create an account on the site can submit video or text submissions regarding the future of the party. The site also prominently features a four-and-a-half-minute video that is a retrospective of the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

The site allows users to “offer their opinion of where the Party is headed and how we can be better prepared for the future,” the RNC explained in a press release Tuesday.

“We are a party of principles and must regain our voice,” said RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, said in the release. “We need to hear what our volunteers, activists, elected leaders, and party members think about the Republican Party as we rebuild, re-focus, and renew our bond with the American people,” Duncan added.

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Republicans suffered a brutal day at the ballot box last week when Sen. John McCain lost his bid to capture the White House, Democrats picked up six seats in the Senate with three seats in that chamber still undecided, and Democrats increased the margins are their majority in the House which they have held since the 2006 midterm election.

Political observers say the Republican Party finds itself at a crossroads with the conservative and moderate wings of the party at seemingly odds and the vitality of some its core principles – like a commitment to smaller government – in question in the wake of President Bush’s eight years in office.


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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Liberated!

    Who cares....let them go out like the Bushes....after the horrendous diplays from McCain and Palin they are no longer a viable party!!

    November 11, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Vegas

    The GOP is fine...
    Obama will be one and done... See Carter 76

    No Problem...

    November 11, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. John in NewYork

    A step in the "right" direction.
    Drop the Church invading the State plank from the platform first. Separate from the Limbaugh comando types and present a respectable conservative economic package and I might listen.
    or
    I just keep voting with the Dems.

    November 11, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Why rebuild it? Between rotten Bush and boob Palin who cares about the GOP?

    Let it die..... DNR

    November 11, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. California Gold

    Does this mean John McCain can learn how to use e-mail?

    November 11, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    WIth the fall of Bush and the rise of Obama came the dissolution of the GOP as it has been known. Now the identity is away from Republican and toward conservative to counter the liberal groups like MoveOn. So maybe Bush's legacy will be that his miserable failure as a President will be a catalyst for the GOP to redefine itself and move on.

    November 11, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Tom NoBama

    What's the name of the site!!!

    November 11, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. kevin

    well yeah this is great. great to hear it

    November 11, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Suggestion, wait another 100 years to prepare for the future because the GOP is already 100 years behind time.

    November 11, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Noah

    Once the country sees the scary direction that Comrade Obama takes us in they will be crawling back to the Republicans in 2012

    November 11, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. kevin

    yes it must get out there that the pres is very mad at obama, and nnc is just a tool for him to speak. it becomes very plain to the lay man

    November 11, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. yep

    oh boo hoo, nobody feels sorry for you GOP and conservatives. After 8 years of mistakes it's time you own your failure. You will never reach the democrats mastery of the internet because people who are smart and know their way around computers usually aren't republicans.

    November 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. janine

    A piece of advice for the RNC – stop the hate mongering. It's a big turnoff.

    November 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. New Yorker

    What's the website url address? I would have thought this would be a logical part of any article focused on the website.

    Thank you.

    November 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    OH they finally got in touch with the 21st Century, Looks like Obama taught them something. but they still have a way to go they need to get out of the far right lane, lay off the Bible, and stop catering to the deep south and maybe just maybe they can return!

    November 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. JB

    Nice to see the gop finally stepping into the current century. I guess when your supporters start dying off you have to come up with something.

    November 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Spencer/VA

    The Greed Over People party is dead and it won't be revived. People are tired of the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer. Unless the GOP changes that philosophy, they can kiss Washington goodbye. On top of that , they are the one's who are for less governement, when it was less government that got the U.S. into this economic crisis. They need to take a deep look in the mirror at who and what they stand for.

    November 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. cmc

    Should have thought of this a long time ago. Wonder what they will find out and if they will implement it. If they remain with the thought, that is "us" against "them" it won't fly, it hasn't, recent election proved that. Wish you all luck.

    November 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    Just STOP being GREEDY... and you'll be on the right track.

    November 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. mzbond

    The GOP principles are out dated. This is a new world and there is no place for taking womans rights away from them, racisim, or other hate ridden conservative ideals. No on religious conservatism that is and has been the cause of hate and wars far too long. The GOP right-wing needs to move forward. The end of bible thumping hatred here and around the world.

    November 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. John in Ohio

    Soon as I get home, or as my iPhone finishes charging, I'm gonna go sabotage them. Put up some really bad ideas, like "Make Sarah Palin the new leader of the GOP" or "Take a strong stance against minorities". Maybe some others, like "Change party affiliation to Democrat and try to change them from the inside", or "Stop harping on constantly about the prolife thing".

    November 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Husker Chick

    Total copycats. They can't catch up, fortunately.

    November 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. sue

    What they need to do is not let the right-wing neo-cons destroy the party. It might be too late for that as many conservatives who were closer to the center have been driven out of the party.

    Perhaps the real answer is for the GOP to split and make two new parties. One for the neo-cons, and one for everyone else.

    I'm an independent who has more conservative views on some issues and more liberal views on others, so I don't really fit in either the democratic party or the republican party.

    It would be nice for a real, viable third party to come into existence.

    November 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    I guess if they start off with "LINCOLN LOGS" by the year 2016 they may be able to come up with SOMETHING!!! That still most likely will get them back into the WHITE HOUSE – especially if they are counting on PALIN to run!!!

    Whew! That "squeeky" voice cannot meet with foreign leaders and they take her seriously!!! She should audition for a DISNEY MOVIE or something!!! LOL

    November 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. republicans hate america

    until you define americans as being something other then that fraud joe the plumber and until you stop splitting america into real and fake and until you allow voices other then christians in your party until you recognize the big cities and suburbs are also the voice of america you will be spinning your wheels to nowhere.

    November 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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