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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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. MD, TX

    Interesting to see that Obama is pushing for a bailout of the automakers and their unions without asking for pay caps for the unions.

    Hypocrisy is a-coming.

    November 11, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Lisa P

    It seems to me that (as usual) the Republicans are asking the wrong question. For years now they have tried to "prove" Reagan's "Government is the problem" mantra by installing right-wing and religious ideologues who are at best inept in office and at worst destructive or corrupt. They keep on claiming they believe in less government and yet my tax bill keeps on going up; Republicans don't shrink government, they just run it really, really badly. If government, like the poor, is always going to be with us I want it run well. Who cares about "reasons", "values", and all that other conservative navel-gazing and backslapping self-congratulation? I want results!

    That said, I think sites like this that encourage Republicans to huddle together and re-enforce each others' delusions that what they think is worth a bucket of spit in the real world is a step toward declining Republican/conservative power and permanent minority status - a good thing for America, IMO. With luck someday we might get an opposition party that can keep its' eye on the ball.

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

    It's called Darwinism and the RNC is going the way of the albatross. When you hang your collective hats (or rather 64% of them) on a clown like Palin, there's no place to go but downwards.

    November 11, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    Fellow repubs – Here's a simple 3-step process that will get the GOP out of the waste bin of failed political parties and give us a chance to compete:

    1. Loose the neocons and evangelicals – They are bigots, political demagogues and often as not racists...

    2. Dump Palin – We don't need a Wasilla hillbilly that talks like low rent trailer trash to do our bidding, and...

    3. A lot less praying and flag waving and a lot more looking out for Main Street than Wall Street.

    November 11, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Matt

    Its easy to rebuild the GOP:

    1. Drop the war- the GOP at one time was the anti-war party, then need to regain that.
    2. Drop corporate bailouts- they need to separate themselves from using the government to support businesses. Stop all subsidies.
    3. Drop the pro-government policies- they need to go back to supported smaller government.
    4. Better education of their policies- show how smaller government leads to a better economy and better relations between races (and helps the poor- unlike Democrats whose policies only keep them poor).
    5. Stop being Democrats- we only need one socialist party, we don't need 2, so go back to being the opposite, and stand for freedom for all, unlike the Democrats who want to enslave us all. Embrace the base.

    And if they really want to rebuild the party start with Ron Paul. He is the only one with the right ideas to save this country.

    November 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Donna

    All they can do is try to copy the democrates. They have been in awe of Obama and his organizing and motivating skills, and now they are copying him, how funny. Obama made us feel like we were a part of the process, the republicans are turning to the people because they are losing ground, otherwise they would not ask for input they would continue to think they know best.

    November 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Get the haters out and then we can talk.

    November 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. AD

    There ya go, Righties! Finally found the intertubes, eh? Good job.

    I have a feeling the site will be nothing more than a dumping ground for anti-liberal sentiment. /sigh

    November 11, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Noah

    Have any of you Liberal Hypocrites noticed that Obama and his team have taken down his enormous agenda that used to be on his website? It mysteriously disappeared. Clearly he knows that it was not realistic, he only said those things to get elected, and he does not want to be held accountable for them when he does not follow through. Hilarious

    November 11, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. MikeH

    I suggest all the right wing Republican Taliban leap off a cliff into the sea and swim out towards the horizon.

    November 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    How about starting with honesty, decency and integrity?

    November 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. kayla


    November 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. PL

    Republicans should just go back to sleep.

    November 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Hoosier Phil

    I love how Republicans are so incredibly shocked that they lost the White House and Congressional reps that they are convinced they must have done things terribly wrong as opposed to the Democrats doing something right.

    November 11, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Brenda in Detroit

    good luck with that!

    November 11, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Lady in GA

    Copy Cats!

    November 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Laverne

    Unless the republicans are willing to move to the CENTER, the will lose again in 4 years. I hear a lot of talk about Palin in 2012, that is a joke. She can not and will not win with just the base who are the only ones edging her on. Anyway, the American people won't forget how ditzy she is, no way she can represent the US on a national and international level, not even in 2012!

    November 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Phil

    Noah: I have you realized that your party is no longer in office, can you say losers.

    November 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Salt

    The layout of the site appeals to the Hannah Montana set.

    November 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Florida for Obama

    Didn't McCain supporters say:

    1. Young people will bring downfall to the country
    2. Young people will not vote, they will just attend campaign rallies

    Fact of the matter is, only 20 % of the GOP supporters will be using this, the rest are still trying to figure out what the heck is "The Google". Even Bush got his first computer last year. So that should tell you something about the GOP's future. I hope the next election, we will make more states BLUE.


    November 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. CanIcallyouJoe


    If you are looking to try new methods to make your party a success, I suggest not going with fascism this time.

    November 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. bababear

    They need to quit accusing tax and spend when their philosophy is tax and borrow. Finally, FINALLY, perhaps the american public has caught on. People are sick of twisted half truths, outright lies, deliberate hate mongering and divisiveness to play on panicky public fears. Too low.

    November 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Helene

    So they copy Obama's site ? Good luck !

    November 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Va4Obama

    okay, i went to the site and the rules and beliefs (or whatever) are very creepy IMO.

    and @Noah November 11th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

    "Have any of you Liberal Hypocrites noticed that Obama and his team have taken down his enormous agenda that used to be on his website? It mysteriously disappeared. "

    it's because his site has now become a .(dot)gov. site. that's what happens when you become president-elect. catch up...

    November 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. bonna

    yea, thats what they call it but its no different than a klan website!!!!!!mark my words....

    November 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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