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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  1. gt

    The GOP should forget about "regaining its voice". The nation has rejected the coercive morality, fear-mongering, hero-worship, bigotry, selfishness, and above all the celebration of ignorance that has characterized the Republican Party for at least the last 8 years. The people who voted Republican in this election are losers in more ways than one. They are losing their voice, as their numbers dwindle, and progressive voters flee from all the GOP stands for.

    November 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    A site dedicated to the future of the Republican party with a retrospective on Reagan and the two Bushes? That seems contradictory in nature. They represent what the Republican party needs to be getting away from.

    November 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. joann

    @Noah....

    it's on his other website, since he's won the election....check it out!!! do research before you speak!!!

    November 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. moonbeam

    The creation of this web-site is clear evidence that the GOP hasn't a clue about who they are or where they're going. Suggestion for them: Stop using hate-mongers like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Bill O-Reilly, etc. as the spokespeople for the party. These folks are rude, abrasive, insulting, disrespectful, and only have those of dissenting opinion on as an excuse to spout the talking points of the day. Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly seldom allow someone from the "other side" to finish a sentence, should they begin to sound as though they might have a point. For years, I've tried to endure Faux News just to keep some perspective on the other half, but they lean so far to the right, I have to lie on my side to watch. Perhaps it's really time for the country to move toward the center; that's the only way that the two extremes can come together.

    November 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Lisa

    I think this is a great start. For those of you who say the GOP is done for, good luck with that one-party system... If the Republicans would focus on fiscal conservativism instead of social conservativism – really focus on it, and implement it, and quit focusing so much energy on stupid things like abstinence-only sex-ed – we could be a very liberated and prosperous society under their leadership.

    November 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Laszlo in L.A.

    A party that does not find some way to appeal to Blacks, more Latinos or more youths does not have much of a future.

    From the perspective of a lifelong Democrat, the GOP seems to have become the party of No: No abortions, no gays, no spending, no reform. No no no.

    How about supporting sex education in schools to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies? Or common sense immigration policy? Or acknowledging that gays are entitled to equal protection under the law?

    If the GOP wants to remain in the 1960s, that's where they'll still be in 2016.

    November 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Faith in humanity restored

    Golly... Looks like they need a "Community Organizer"...

    November 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Pat Pa.

    @moonbeam

    Agree 100% with you. It is time for the plug to be pulled on these devisive people. I really believe that folks could work together a lot better if these hateful people were gone. What we all have to remember though is that these people earn the money they do to keep us all stirred up. Only when we do something about it will it change. Stop buying from their sponsers. Stop watching and listening to their shows so that their ratings go down. Write to the stations where they work. I'm sure that we could think of a lot of things to do that would end up pulling them off of the air. It is sad, but a lot of people think everything they say is true and that they are the only ones that know anything. Remember, they are paid entertainers.

    November 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. JAN

    COPYING THE DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!

    November 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Chicago GOP

    Obama's optimism and far left policies will fail just like Carter's. The GOP has 4 years to re-build and win the next election. We will need to focus on what has won elections for the GOP since the days of Lincoln: national security, fiscal responsibility (by cutting social programs), and strict adherence to the constitution. Unfortunately we have lost focus on this over the past couple decades.

    November 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Brian

    I've got a few suggestions:

    1) Promise not to turn country's economy into giant pyramid scheme ever again.

    2) Commitment to promoting family values that families can actually support rather than the fringe radical right.

    3) Stop scaring the country with claims that anyone opposed to our viewpoints are terrorists or terrorist sympathizers.

    4) Promise to never again nominate a totally unqualified hack to one of the highest offices of the land simply because she has a great rack.

    5) Instead of just claiming to promote fiscal conservativism, actually balance budgets and practice spending restraint.

    Just for starters.

    November 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Beth

    You need to stop going too far to the right. Come on, did you really think that women would embrace someone with such extreme views as Palin? Palin 2012 will only guarantee democrat-led everything for many, many years.... too bad you cannot see that, too bad you think someone as incoherent as Palin is the future of the GOP!

    November 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Terry

    ANY Republican who thinks the issues of abortion & gay rights are "constricting" their party is an idiot.

    What is constricting the part is those who proclaim to be evangelicals & a part of the christian right should act like it. That is ABSOLUTELY why the Dem's won the election and are mopping the floor in Congress.

    Act like a bunch of heathens, call the opposition everything from a "terrorist's pal" to a Socialist, and a Communist and then expect GOD to bless your efforts with victory!? Not the God I know....not at all.
    It almost makes the moral planks look like just that: lifeless, voiceless, soul-less, consciousless pieces of wood.

    November 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Terry

    ANY Republican who thinks the issues of abortion & gay rights are "constricting" their party is an idiot.

    What is constricting the party is those who proclaim to be evangelicals & a part of the christian right acting as anything BUT. That is ABSOLUTELY why the Dem's won the election and are mopping the floor in Congress.

    Act like a bunch of heathens, call the opposition everything from a "terrorist's pal" to a Socialist, and a Communist and then expect GOD to bless your efforts with victory!? Not the God I know....not at all.

    It almost makes the moral planks look like just that: lifeless, voiceless, soul-less, consciousless pieces of wood; good for nothing
    but to be burned.

    November 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Owen

    Has anybody else noticed that the new site looks almost identical to Obama's campaign website. Except for some differences in color, the layout is very reminicent of the site Obama's team put together. Mimicry is flattering, but come on... The GOP needs a completely fresh approach. They lost this election because they ran against Obama and not FOR anything. I'm interested to see which way they'll turn as they strive to redefine themselves in the coming years.

    November 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Purnell K3 IL

    If they keep separating everyone into groups, and using hate and fear, to gain votes they will keep losing!

    November 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. a Rose from Iowa

    It's to study failure...that must be depressing to know the Right went so terribly Wrong...in every way.
    They failed the superior & righteous thinking people...who are backward, self serving, ignorant, superstitious, and divisive...with all that they think they are saved. Good grief.
    The neo cons failed everyone except a few cronies...they serve the $$$ God not the true GOD, that is for EVERYONE

    November 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Purnell K3 IL

    Hitler used hate and fear politics too!

    November 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    The GOP (and now they call themselves a "brand" – just like Depends)
    needs to stop being the party of "borrow and spend" that tries to get elected by offering only "fear and smear."

    Latest GOP slime? People who don't have the backbone to use their name are attacking Palin with unproven and nasty accusations.

    I'm not a Palin supporter by any means but these same nasty people conveniently forgot they asked her! They raved about Sarah ... and then, when their candidate lost, its whine and slander without the guts to stand up like men.

    The GOP doesn't get any respect because they deserve none. The GOP, under St. Ronald, wanted ketchup to be declared a veggie in school lunches – because it was cheap. Can't waste money feeding hungry children, now can we.

    November 11, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Purnell K3 IL

    When will we know the full amount of how badly the Republicans lost this one?

    November 11, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Mark Driscoll

    The GOP needs to embrace "personal accountability" at every level. When the Party can do this effectively, they can hold the evangelical "base" and begin to renew interest in the Party by moderate conservatives. I have registered Republican since 18, and yet I have identified with moderate Democrats more often than the GOP. After the Bush financial meltdown ($5 trillion add'l debt – the mortgage problem was Clinton) I no longer believe the GOP stands for fiscal conservation and small government. Let's promote the strength of evangelicals faiths w/o turning away the millions of moderates like me. And yes, I crossed over again this election.

    November 11, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. tanyia

    I cannot believe some of those people actually think that Sarah Palin is good for the G.O.P.

    November 11, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Beverly, NYC

    No website will help a party stuck in the past . If Palin is your voice of the future along with hater monger like Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity & Rush Limbaugh the independence candidate will probably get more votes in 2012. It's time for the younger members of the party to grow a pair and tell the older heads like Gingrich, Buchanan, thank but no thanks.

    November 11, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Charles Atlanta

    Republican needs to provide substance, not just slogan. Small government may become do-nothing government. Cutting tax becomes growing national debt. Supply-side economy simply doesn't work. They need people to speak for GOP with humble attitude and willing to accept critism, not the attacking dog type like Lambough, Hannity, O' Riley. Unfortunately, not quite sure if it is too late now – most of the moderate Republican have been driven out.

    November 11, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. IndyVoter

    Its not your message, its your delivery! I know its cliche', but Republicans, you can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. And walk the walk and not just the talk. Morals and values includes telling the truth and being honest in every arena, even politics. Sit down, take time to explain why you are 'for' something instead of tearing down those that disagree with you. You'll find it goes a long way.

    November 11, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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