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. fideauxdon

    Lady Gaga; Kelsey Grammer; Jon Voight.
    What an All-Star Lineup!!

    July 21, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. LouAz

    Another meaningful salient talking point from the Flat Earth Party – Lady Gaga. Way to go Repubs !

    July 21, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. JAY

    Not worth anything.

    July 21, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Ursula

    I wonder if the republicans got her permission to screw up her music.

    July 21, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Erick in AL

    She isnt the one singing! They played over her song. Isn't that copyright infringement??? Give me a break GOP!

    July 21, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Lynne

    Hmm...I wonder if Lady Gaga is part of the entertainment at the C Street headquarters for the GOP?

    July 21, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Coco82

    Did any of you actually read the article? It's not about Lady Gaga at all. No where in the article does it say that she is a republican, or supports the values of the GOP. Who knows why CNN used a picture of her as art for the piece. The article was about young Republicans using the song as a parody to establish a point. It really doesn't have anything to do with Lady Gaga the Artist. I recommend reading the whole article and clicking on the link to better understand the point, rather than focusing on the picture and making crazy, bombastic judgments about CNN or the GOP.

    July 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Ned

    The GOP Is done....put a fork in it.

    July 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Garry

    Excuse me there Republicans, but you do know that Lady Gaga has a HUGE gay folowing do you not??
    Seems that by taking the song "Just Dance" and rephrasing it you are taking a gay icon and putting her music into your politics..hmmnnnnnnnnnn
    Isn't that just a little strange?? But then again the Republican Party is gasping for breath these days so i guess it won't matter

    July 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Erik

    Given the nature of her public appearances and her sense of creativity, I would guess that the response will definitely be rather humorous. The clock is ticking...

    July 21, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Chad in Cincinnati

    Oh, the sweet irony... First of all, the Grumpy Old Puritans are have such glee for a faux-clever dub over of an artist who's hit song has a particular verse that goes something like:

    Lets have some fun, this beat is sick
    I wanna take a ride on your disco stick

    Let your mind run with that one Senator Ensign/Gov Sanford/Sen Vitter/Sen Craig.

    Second (lady gaga's politics aside, cause who knows), they think they can get into young people's heads by doing a silly remix that any 5 year old with garage band could do? Way to come up with some good ideas there geezers.

    July 21, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Tulsa

    Doug July 21st, 2009 1:04 pm ET

    No Doug, it's just that the "liberal" viewpoint is the one that elected the president. It is also the most widely embraced.
    The Republicans are so far out in right field, they have less than 30% of the populace that identifies themselves with the party.
    So grow up and accept it. You and your ideas LOST.

    July 21, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. European-American

    Future news January 20, 2013: This just in the Dems finally quit blaming Bush for everything and opt to blame the newly elected president.

    July 21, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. brad in austin

    Clinton left 5 trillion in debt? Stephanie...check your facts.

    July 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Matt

    "Once again the Republicans showing that they're only concerned with IMAGE and how to win elections!"

    Annnnnnnnnnnnd Obama wasn't/isn't?

    July 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Glenn Beck

    Pokerface....Do you think the RNC Extremists understand it's about Lady GaGa's bisexuality?....lol...What morons!! Congrats you dopes! How far removed are the RNC morons? No contemporary, young educated American – would hitch their wagon to the Racist and backward thinking GOP Nazi's (look – there aren't any other better analogies to what they've become – with all due respect to the Jewish Community and Germans) – Listen to Fox/Hannity/Limbaugh, O'ReAlly, Colture – hate and fear mongers – not the best of America – the best of the Third Reich.

    July 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Joe the Troll

    The media may be the same, but half-truths and propaganda are as old as politics.

    July 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Sharyn

    Can someone please explain to me how CNN gets away with such garbage pretending to be journalism? I don't mean the point of the story, I mean the facts. Is this a "parody" i.e. is Lady Gaga even in this video? It says someone developed it and changed the words for their point. Did she approve? Did they get whatever permission is required? Note Jackson Browne just won a big apology from the Republicans for their improper use of his song. Where is her comment? This is one of the worst-written pieces on here – which is saying a lot.

    July 21, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. D.C. Native

    I doubt Lady Gaga knows about this. Most of her fans( which are gay) would not approve. Try again DEAD-OP

    July 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. daunt

    Larry Craig would say You Betcha!!

    July 21, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Hugo

    I say give the libs what they want, every bit of it and watch the Chaos begin. If you have worked hard, are not upside down in debt it is far easier to sit back, put what is left of your savings in a secure place, apply for food stamps, welfare, social security and any and all other Federal and State subsidies. Use Acorn tactics against them for a while and let the hard working Mc Donald's and Federal workers pay for your free ride for a while, at least for the next few years. You will know when to start being productive again, it won't be too long of a wait.

    July 21, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. John

    Lady Gaga = still losers

    /good luck with that

    July 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Peejay

    Republicans are a parody of themselves.

    July 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Stever

    It would have been more appropriate for the Republican Party to have changed the song to "Just Dense" and to use it as their party platform. The GOP is devoid of any new thoughts, and attacking taxes every time a Democrat gets in office no longer works. The only reason Obama won so strongly in the last election is because the Bush administration so royally screwed things up over the last 8 years. It's obvious to all except dyed in the wool Republicans that their policies haven't worked, yet they can't come up with a new approach. News to the Republicans – you won't get reelected by ignoring the economy, pushing the country into endless, unnecessary wars, spending wastefully, wreaking havoc with US foreign policy, and all the while carrying a pompous, holier than thou attitude. Get a clue, GOP.

    July 21, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Youth Speaks

    Lady Gaga is cool and this GOP idea is dumb.

    OUT OF TOUCH

    July 21, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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