November 11th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
10 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.

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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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  1. Debbie

    Im not Republican, but I wish the party luck in finding their voice again.

    No party can be all good or all bad. And absolute power corrupts absolutely. Perhaps now the GOP will look at the United States as being larger than their base and want to include people who are different from them, and see them as equals.


    November 11, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. NJ

    Well?? What is the website?
    I would love to see it!

    November 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. mary

    the GOP needs to be more realistic and know that all people are real people with real needs ,that have real problems,that need real jobs,that need to be told the real truth ,that need real respect and recognition of thier presence and existence.if the gop can do this among other things and live up to it then they will be in touch with the majority of the people. saying and during it are two different things. it takse the gut ,the desire.the d the HEART to do it . this must include race ,religon rich ,poor ,choice,marrige,the haves and have nots ects.

    November 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. deb

    The Republicans need to distance themselves from the evangelical right wing religious nuts that Bush brought into the mix. Bush is solely responsible for that ilk "taking over" the party. Most Republicans are moderate just like most Democrats are moderate. Bush is not the "decider", he is the "divider"! McCain foolishly pandered to the evangelical right wing by selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate. Big mistake! We need to keep religion out of politics/government. Our forefathers knew what they were talking about!

    November 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. IowaMom

    On other sites people are bashing Obama like crazy for his "online Army" (a quote from the person who wrote the article), and now the repbus are doing the same thing? I'm not saying they can't, but why the hypocracy?

    November 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. End Of An Error

    After Reagan, Bush Sr., and especially Bush Jr., the republican party will forever be known as the party that killed the USA.

    You people might as well start over with a new name that doesn't have the negative connotation that the republican party now has.

    November 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. hope

    first you need to apologize to the american voters for choosing such a horrible vp, then find someone who has a brain and someone who wants to unite our country instead of deviding it. palin has showed her true colors, she's calling fox news jerks, didn't they support her?oh well so much for loyality, she's even calling the mccain campaign workers terrible names, i guess they didn't give her enough clothes.

    November 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Borat

    LMAO !!!

    November 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. I agree

    "John in NewYork November 11th, 2008 1:44 pm ET

    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.
    I just keep voting with the Dems."

    We've been fooled for nearly 30 years about the Repubs' supposed fiscal responsibility advantage when our national debt and spending deficits increased the MOST under Reagan and W.

    The only things conservatives are good at are exploiting social wedge issues, making the rich richer, and starting unnecessary wars.

    November 11, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    "We are a party of principles ..." Are you kidding me. Holding hate rallies, thinly veiled bigotry, rampant greed, criminal behavior, hiding behind religious beliefs to spread hate – I could go on and on. Some principles you have there GOP.

    November 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Esther

    Oh my, are the Republicans ... COMMUNITY ORGANIZING??

    November 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Jon

    All the hypocritical haters on here just crack me up. They say that the GOP brings division, yet they speak nothing but divisiveness . They do nothing but tear others down. They think it's their way or the highway. Of course, your party has no problems, right? LOL. Welcome to the human race–we're all imperfect.

    November 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Sue from KC

    Move to the center – and lose Palin.

    November 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Independent Fred

    Mary Steins November 11th, 2008 2:47 pm ET *Wrote*

    I think Sara Palin needs to be our nominee in 2012

    And it'll be another 4 years 2016 before you get another shot. Things are way too serious for Sara Palin's brand of nonsense.

    You want to win then pic a true conservative with centrist leanings. The fringe element has taken over this once proud party and that's why many of us left.

    Keep fooling yourselves thinking american's are gonna stand by watching CEO's get 10 Million dollar bonus checks of companies our trax money has bailed out.

    November 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. new_dem

    I used to be a republican for 20 years, but left the party after they embraced the religious right. The republican party no longer stands for smaller gov't or less gov't, they instead want to restrict what you can do in your own home, your own bedroom, and your own body.

    It's time for the party to distance itself from Focus on the Family, the Moral Majority, and all those other organizations that have corrupted the platform since the late 1980s. Get back to being a party for the rest of us, then maybe you'll be able to rebuild your ranks.

    November 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. End Of An Error

    Hey republicans – put your best jackboot, er, I mean foot forward and be sure to have a place for Karl Rove and Sarah Palin in the new party manifest.

    Those two are such beacons of truth and light for your party. It would do you well to show them off!

    And some kind of emeritus place for George W. With an elder statesman decider communicator like that, how can you go wrong in 2012? It would be a shoe-in.

    November 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Brian NY

    They need to be more like the Democrats and gang up on women and slander their enemies. Pander to trivial special interest groups and promise handouts to all.

    November 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. KMAN

    The answer is simple ... build your future around folks like Sarah Palin and Ted Stevens ... and keep pushing the agenda of all your bitter bible-thumping gun nuts.

    Thank you from the DNC

    November 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Independent Dave, Iowa

    With the body and face of poster boy Rush Limbaugh and the brain of Sarah Palin?? GOOD LUCK with that Frankensteins monster!!!!!!!

    November 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. aware

    I left the republicans because of the hypocrisy of the far-right and the pseudo intellectuals who forgot what conservative principles are all about!

    I left the hypocritical far-left because they don't have a clue what "the least of these" means and because of the pseudo intellectuals who forgot what true democracy is!

    I am an Independent who wants to see authenticity! Don’t just tell me – show me!

    For these reasons, I think Sarah Palin is the hope of the future! She is the real deal, and she walks the talk! Follow her lead and our global community will be a much better place to live in! 🙂

    November 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Vic

    After this slime filled republican election I will NEVER vote republican again. They shamed themselves and our country.

    November 11, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Doug R.

    The GOP is dysfunctional and lacking any real leadership. They are the party of crooks, liars, and intolerant hypocrites. All this whining and crying about Obama. You can thank George Bush and Sarah Palin for that, losers.

    November 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Cindy

    Wow! I read through the comments. Such vile comments from the left! The Republican Party consist of more than just conservatives. There are a lot of us who want a government for the people and by the people. We've just went through eight years of conservative socialism and after we have made it through the next four years of liberal socialism many will come to see that our government doesn't need to deal in socialism! There are many libertarians in the Republican Party and we are becoming the majority. Liberty will prevail. The website is:

    November 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Jeff from Atlanta

    Offer to pay people to sit at home and not work.
    Give incentives to be lazy and collect from the hard working.
    Offer to give free healthcare, bailouts to all.

    Oh wait, that's the democratic platform.

    November 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    The GOP can best build the future by ending their attempt to continually bring back the past. Their fascination with economic and social ideas from the 1920s is the cause for our current disastrous state of affairs. Hoover and Reagan are DEAD. Get it? DEAD. Let's move on to something more fair and relevant!

    November 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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