November 11th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
9 years ago

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.

Watch: GOP should focus on technology, blogger says

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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  1. Kyle

    How about providing a link to the site, like you did recently?

    November 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Sue, Georgia

    I think they should separate themselves from the right wing, even if that means they will have a new party like what Sharon of Israel did, he created Kadima Party to separate himself from the Lekude party

    November 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Theresa

    The problem is you don't have a bond with the American people of today. Your bond is with the good ole white boys. Women are excluded, minorities are excluded, and those in lower income brackets are excluded.

    You used fear to pull the under educated your way. Times up...

    November 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Tannim

    Unless they ditch the Religious Right and the neoconservatives and get back to their limited government and fiscal responsibility base, they're sunk.

    Which means, they're sunk.

    November 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. 37-year-old First Time Voter they're stealing Obama's ideas...LO...It doesn't matter, you can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig!

    November 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Moe, NY

    "We are a party of principles and must regain our voice"...don't make me laugh. I would suggest if you are the least bit serious about cleaning up the GOP that you start with Stevens and demand he step down, then you can continue to clean up the GOP with the other convicted and some not yet convited criminals in your political party. Also, just a suggestion, I would like to see an end to the corruption and lies of the GOP. In my opinion, it is at least a starting point!

    November 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Cammi317

    Or we could unite and drop this silly party system all together, but I guess that's asking too much. Oh well, I guess in 4 years we will be back to exploiting what divides us and we will learned nothing from this historic moment in our history where common sense and common ground prevailed over prejudice.

    November 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Voter

    Why would you want to rebuild the GOP? It doesn't stand for equality between all (rich, poor, races, religion, choice, marriage)

    Replacement sounds more like it

    November 11, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. independent

    Losers, haters, swiftboaters, please close up shop and save us the pain and suffering.

    November 11, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Doug

    It is really simple.
    One reason I'm a Democrat (among many)is that the Democrats don't drop to their knees in the presence of religious extremists and the neo-conservative wings of society.

    Republicans need to get away from cultural issues. "Values" and "Faith" and even "Patriotism" are not political issues nor concerns of the government.

    Back when the GOP was almost sensible, they kept it simple: non-intrusive government, low taxes, strong defense. While the merits of this would be debated, the republican party was never stronger.

    Oh...and try being open-minded. Shutting out people who don't agree with you, look like you or think like you is no way to operate. So a little enlightenment would help, too.

    Anyhow, just some thoughts from a life-long Democrat who looks at both sides of every arguement.

    November 11, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. chuck


    November 11, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. LyonsPhilly

    Make Sarah Palin your Chief of Staff. Better yet, elect Joe the Plumber. That should do the trick.

    November 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. B.Thompson

    I think what the GOP needs to do is include and reach out to African-Americans. After all we do share a lot of the same beliefs. If they can do that they will see a lot more support among African-Americans.

    November 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. YES WE CAN!

    Let the infighting begin...

    November 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Female Voter

    I think McCain wishes he had never been involved with the Republican party. First, he should not have put Palin on the ticket as VP and second, he should have totally distanced himself from the party as a whole.

    November 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Nik

    The GOP needs to find a 21st century platform.The divide and conquer strategy should be thrown out the window along with harping over divisive social issues like the sanctity of marriage and abortion. They are good at making these argument critical during a campaign only to toss them aside when they take office to ineffectively govern.

    November 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Perspective

    People usually gauge popular opinion by the loudest voice...sadly, that is the only the easy way to measure public opinion and not the wisest way.

    The internet is full of people willing to speak quickly and often...conservative people are all over the internet as well, but you will find them mulling over what they have heard or read BEFORE they start blogging about it–that's why they're called conservatives.

    I wouldn't yet align myself with a party, but I would find our nation a better place if we taught our young people to think before speaking. We would also profit from teaching our young people to not blindly believe anything they read or hear. Discernment, yes, that's the word!

    November 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Corey of Oregon

    Here is one thought concerning your case for "smaller" government: change your stance on military spending.

    It is extremely tenuous argument to state that you are the party of small government, when you focus 20% of the economy on the military. That exceeds all programs combined (aside from Medicare, and Social Security), by almost a factor of 20. This includes grants for education and science, NASA's budget, ect...

    Considering that military spending is almost a zero net investment toward growth and the GNP, this is money that is very poorly spent. Hence, the case that you are the "small" government, fiscally responsible party is at best, a very poor one.

    November 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Mike Dallas

    Brooks had a great op-ed piece in the NYT. He states that the party will rally behind Palin and will be lead by Limbaugh and Hannity. The party will be taken over by "traditionalist" and the "reformist" or more moderate members will be squeezed out for years.

    This liberal certainly hopes he knows what he is talking about!!!

    Others had to wander in the desert for 40 years before they were released, let's hope history repeats itself!

    November 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Bubba

    Conservatism, like "commune-ism" or "fascism," is another sad, bizarre chapter in the history of the world whose last chapter is being written even now.

    November 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Get rid of the right wing religious freaks. It's the biggest stain on your party. I won't go back unless they completely drop those nuts. This country should NOT be governed by scriptures in a book. I don't care if it IS my own religion. Seperation of church and state means seperation. Get it? (probably not, which is why they are doomed to utter failure)

    November 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Why bother? So much for the PERMANENT Republican majority.

    November 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |

    at least they know theres a problem!

    November 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Suggested step one – pick up a few elementary mathemtics textbooks and try to learn simple addition/subtraction.

    Once they learn that, they should go through a simple finance course to learn how to apply this new knowledge to budget allocation...

    If they ever get to a point where they can comprehend "balanced budget", we'll go on to step two.

    I think it's going to take ~100 steps, or about 20 years, to turn this gigantic turd into a useful party... but one step at a time, yes they can! (let us all hope).

    November 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Pilar Strength

    The Election was a disaster for the Republicans. Maybe a whole new Additude Adjustment will help them regain their self respect again. After causing Fear and Hate in this Country, and continuing to do so, they need to take a good hard look at themselves, and stop spreading so many lies and hate in the world. They can begin with telling the world Obama is a good man and they will do their BEST to support him. After all, it was the American people who elected him, and for most of us, we saw through all those lies. The Republican Party used to be a decent people. I know, I voted Republican, once. But I for one do not support bad behavior. It's not how many of you there are, it's about the cause, and what this Country needs, and that means working together, not separation.

    November 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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