July 21st, 2009
06:13 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP's new youth ambassador: Lady Gaga?

At Tuesday morning's weekly GOP conference meeting, Republicans were shown a video parody of the Lady Gaga hit 'Just Dance.'
At Tuesday morning's weekly GOP conference meeting, Republicans were shown a video parody of the Lady Gaga hit 'Just Dance.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Politics may make for strange bedfellows - but even for this town, this may be the oddest couple to ever make beautiful music together: House Republicans...and pop diva Lady Gaga.

At Tuesday morning's weekly GOP conference meeting, Republicans were shown a clip of a video parody of the Lady Gaga hit, "Just Dance" that replaces the popular song's refrain with "Just Tax."

The parody video was developed by Peter Cowman, a 23-year-old who just graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, outside Rep Dave Reichert's district. A spokeswoman for Reichert said the congressman wanted to show his colleagues the video to encourage them to get young people involved using new media, and noted his district is home to a cluster of technology companies.

"He wanted them to encourage the youth in their district, and share the message on a level that young people can relate to," Reichert's spokeswoman told CNN.

Asked about the video, House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind, laughed and said "it's part of the Pence youth initiative."

Pence admitted that very few members were familiar with the original Lady Gaga song.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    How about putting a GAG on Boehner, Cantor and the rest of the Party of No Ideas.

    July 21, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Jennison, MD

    She's got a lot of work to do. It's hard work to get young people to hate others based on how they look, their names, their heritage.

    Most young people are smart and living up to Dr. King's dream. They judge people by the content of their character.

    Ahhhh GOPers....they still have a lot ot learn. Thank God for those liberals. They took us from the back of the bus, to the White House. God is good.

    Thank You Liberals, You Rock.

    July 21, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Success

    Its funny that old piggies like rush limbaugh & co are trying 2 get 2 d youth now. Haha! repubs are a bunch of confused idiots.

    July 21, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. joey from sd

    Lady gaga is hott. If she was running for president, I would vote for her 100% LADY GAGA 2012!!!

    July 21, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Pat

    They are trying way too hard! Poor GOP. Give it up.

    July 21, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Kimberly

    whats with the lame right thinking this is the way to get youth votes? UH, morons, this is how you LOSE them, and when Lady GAGA makes a statement that she in no way approved this or the gop, it will backfire, like all thier stupids stunts do...well done gop, your proving once again your outa touch and nuts!

    July 21, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Brian

    Lame story.

    July 21, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Jonathan Burton

    More lipstick on a pig.

    Just because young people can identify the song you just tore apart, does not mean that they will flock in droves to the Republican Party.
    Youth today are joining the party, but it is not yours!
    This is yet another poorly instructed, and desperate attempt in getting young voters to turn to the Dark Side.

    July 21, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Steph

    Don't they get it?!?! We prefer our elected officials to work to improve something (anything...there is enough to pick from) and not to engage in childish political stunts. Honestly, this crap and Senator Demint's comments about wanted healthcare reform to fail so the Republicans can take over again clearly shows that the rethugs are not at all interested in serving the American people. They just want power.

    I would also like someone from the right to please tell me what a freedom solution to healthcare might look like?!?!

    July 21, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. marvin

    It just about makes me puke how the GOP can come up with all types of creative (Not so original, mind you) ideas to degrade, be-little,
    and yet not bring anything fresh and new to the table.

    How many ways can they say NO that is yet to be seen.

    Young people get it and most american if they will be honest about it know that ( tax breaks to the large and small businesses did not work Bush had continual job loss under most of his time in office .

    So where are the the patriots that were to create jobs..... Out raising prices and ripping the american people off as usual.. Stuffing there pockets.

    July 21, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. shane

    What a croc.

    July 21, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Dave C - NJ

    same old same old same old same OLD lines from the GOP.

    No solutions, just complaints. (Unless of course it was their president spending billions in Iraq...)

    July 21, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Mary Mary

    Wow, that'll bring the youth into the party in droves...NOT.
    Can't wait to see what The GA herself has to say about it. Pretty sure she's not a registered Republic party member.

    July 21, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Dem from AZ

    Republicans are trying to play catch up and be cool. Lord

    July 21, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Thomas

    "Republicans were shown a clip of a video parody of the Lady Gaga hit, "Just Dance" that replaces the popular song's refrain with "Just Tax.""

    Wow, that is so clever. Taking a song and changing one word to poke fun at the opposing party. I wonder how many GoPers had to sit down and noodle that one out? Bet it took a lot of em.

    July 21, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Fla.

    Weak, but then again, these are GOPers with NOthing but the same old tired rhetoric for their rich, corporate interests.

    BTW, many middle-class Americans actually received a tax cut under this president & Congress.

    July 21, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. jayej

    This is just plain stupid.
    The republicans just keep making fools of themselves.

    July 21, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Just curious, is this something that Lady Gaga approved of?

    Several recording artists (including Jackson Brown who recently won an apology from McCain and the GOP for misuse of his song "Running on Empty") have have had to go out of their way to emphasize that their songs were used without permission by the GOP, with whom they do NOT with to be associated with,

    July 21, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Jacob

    I thinks that's how we pay for stuff. Boy Republicans are smart.

    July 21, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Melissa

    Not again. The Republicans just don't listen, do they? Voluntarily deaf. I'm getting sick of repeating myself.

    The problem is not the method of the message, its the message itself. Do you hear me Republicans? Its not that you didn't use twitter or email. Its not that you didn't have a web site. Its not that you didn't have a pretty face or a cute child in your ad's.

    THE MESSAGE IS THE PROBLEM.

    For gods sakes, someone tell them that already directly to their faces.

    July 21, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Randolph Carter

    Glad to see that the republicans are hip to that rock and roll that the kids listen to these days. Have a nice day!

    July 21, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Ryan

    What a great way to get young people involved! Not by volunteering, talking to potential voters, giving ideas to politicians, but by mockery and filler.

    If this doesn't say everything about Dave Reichert and the rethuglicans, I don't know what else does. But anyone in Washington knows that Reichert is a tool.

    July 21, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Melissa

    Changing the method of delivery of the message but not changing the message itself is childish. A prettier package doesn't change the contents.

    July 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. alex Gilliam

    Clueless GOP...!!!

    July 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    I'm sure she is thrilled that the GOP is using her song as a parody. While you are at it, how about Rod Stewart's "My heart can't tell you know" to "Cantor only can tell you no"? Personally, I'd rather hear the GOP just singing the blues.

    July 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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