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. Jason

    I highly doubt Lady Gaga will be pleased with this. I can't wait to hear her response.

    July 21, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Daisy

    Lady Gaga + the GOP = 2 things that will never stop disgusting me.

    July 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    Republican Party= Fear Tactics .. what else is new??

    July 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. mewkiss

    I think that's great usually the youth are more opened minded take perspective from either side and not as narrowed minded as adults.... Wheather it's the right or left nothing wrong with that.

    July 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Melissa

    If a package of dog poop is wrapped up in different colored paper with a bow on top, its still a package of dog poop.

    July 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Patrick

    Incapable of original thought.... and the Party of No...

    of course they have to dub over somebody elses song.

    July 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Kelby In Houston, TX

    I have a question. Did Peter Cowman get permission from Lady GaGa to use her image and music in order to promote the GOP?
    Just asking

    July 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Gaga

    I'm sure Lady Gaga will just sue.

    July 21, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Kansan

    I think if the Republicans want to get the "youth" involved, they need to quit treating youths as idiots by playing the same conservatives games they keep playing and drop the scare tactics, lies and deceit they are accustomed to. Making a video parody won't fool them. The youth just don't like the G "Old" P very much.

    July 21, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Gee. Those kids and their crazy rock and roll! We Republicans really need to show them that we are phat and, and well, the other stuff. After all, we want them to vote for us because we, like, so get them!

    July 21, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Dan in VA

    Ummm... they are making fun of Lady Gaga, how does that make her an ambassador or representative of the GOP?

    July 21, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. mewkiss

    I think that's great usually the youth are more opened minded they sometimes take better perspective from either side and not as narrowed minded as adults.... Wheather it's the right or left nothing wrong with that.

    July 21, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Tom St. Paul

    ROFL! Hey neo-cons, how do you bible-thumpers like the new look of the GOP?

    July 21, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Ummm

    Ummmmmmm...yeah. Good luck with that.

    After all, look how well it worked with Richard Nixon. Youth just FLOCKED to the Republican party after he appeared on 'Laugh In'...

    July 21, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Peter E

    Videos, twitter, whatever. The republicans don't need new technology. They need new ideas! They can use all the space-age technology they want but if all they ever do with it is whine about democrats and parrot Cheney and Limbaugh then they'll get nowhere. They need to come up with viable plans. Putting their complaints on video is not a new idea, nor is it a plan.

    July 21, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Parodies are well and good, but where is their idea (or ideas). This nay saying is troublesome and not constructive. What would the Republicans do if they were in charge? I hope that they could answer that!

    July 21, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. stevetall

    Yeah. Good plan. Maybe associating with a pop star will make the Republicans look like they have something to offer. Oh, brother. What's next? Captain Kangaroo?

    And by the way, isn't that woman showing a bit more thigh then usually permitted in a Republican context? Maybe she could run as someone's vice-presidential candidate!?!

    July 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Zak

    Sounds a bit "Joe Camel" to me.

    July 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Foxhole Atheist

    I live in Seattle. That's embarrassing. Dave Reichert is a tool box.

    July 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Derrick

    Ok, this is just cheezy and a feable attempt to target young voters. I'm a young voter and this is actually insulting to know that this parody is supposed to "inspire" me to vote "republican". This is just more of the same and this is why the GOP is in trouble is because of their inability to inspire people and make good of what politics should be.

    This is now the party of NO, and they are NEGATIVE without any IDEAS or plan for new leadership.

    Instead of "Just Tax", how about doing "Just DUMB".

    July 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. JGB

    Guess there are a few celebrities that aren't brain dead for Obama. But personally I don't care, Celebrities jobs are to entertain. I don't want or care about their political views...........Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Madonna, Susan Sarandon..........actually I won't watch or listen to anything by those who shove their political views on me.

    July 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Common Sense

    Another example of the type of brainless tripe that the GOP loves to peddle to the masses. Just when you think that politicians have reach bedrock level of stupidity, they just keep on drilling deeper.

    July 21, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. C W

    The GOP was, is and always will be clueless. All they know is "branding", i.e., change the packaging, hope that everyone else is as superficial as they are, etc., etc.

    The GOP is morally and intellectually bankrupt. What else explains Palin, Huckabee, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, etc., etc., etc.?

    July 21, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Bravo! I'm sure that will fix the budget and the health care crisis. They keep trying to come up with 'clever' mottos to throw at democrats, but they don't offer any alternate plans. Their 'alternate' budget was a 16 page outline with no numbers. NO NUMBERS! In a BUDGET plan! Their 'alternate' health care proposal was a 3 page outline with no cost estimates whatsoever, and 80% of their points were stolen verbatim from Obama's plan. Perhaps when republicans come up with real plans and start doing the job our tax dollars are paying them for we will start listening to them. Until then they deserve to be ignored!

    July 21, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Tony G.

    The Republicans are all out of ideas so they come up with this ingenious one? Let's use Lady Gaga to persuade Americans of the lies we want to tell them? Let's tax?......Come on. First, President Obama's plan does not call for taxing health insurance benefits. In fact, only 1% of Americans (the richest) will see their taxes go up a couple of percentage points. In all honesty, they can afford it if it means saving the rest of the country from disaster. Call it a socialist program if you want. I don't care what you call it. We all use socialist services at one time or another. Let's see....police service, fire service, medicaire/medicaid, public transit, public roads, the SCHOOL SYSTEM.....the list goes on and on and I don't see anyone complaining about those social programs. You Republicans need to get over this whole anti-socialist bull crap and open your eyes to the reality. I pay $800 a month for my family's health insurance. That money could go to a new car, new tv, my MORTGAGE, shopping.....it would save the economy. Get over it and get on board.

    July 21, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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