October 26th, 2010
10:29 AM ET
3 years ago

No 'party' on election night for GOP

New York (CNN) - They may be known as the Grand Old Party, but Republican leaders in the House are shunning a party-like atmosphere on election night.

CNN has learned that House GOP leader John Boehner will appear next Tuesday night with other Republican leaders and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Although the invitation, obtained by CNN, asks Republican guests to come in appreciation for "making calls, knocking on doors, [and] selling the fight," GOP sources say they will do their best to keep the atmosphere low key.

“This event is not a fundraiser and it is not a ‘party’ – even if voters remove Democrats from power, you don't celebrate at a time when one in 10 Americans are out of work and our children's future is threatened by mountains of debt," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain told CNN.

Several Republican sources have told CNN over the past few days that Boehner made clear to colleagues and staff that he wants Americans to see that Republicans in Washington understand that the public is angry at Washington – and that includes the GOP establishment.

These sources say that even if Republicans take over the House, Boehner and other GOP leaders want to avoid the images of the Democrats in 2006, where Speaker Pelosi, then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel, and others were dancing on the stage.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. kip

    Sounds good – talk is cheap. I hope and pray that the GOP is finally getting it.

    October 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Rickster

    "Currently, two-thirds of Americans (67%) have a negative opinion of the job President Obama is doing while just over one-third (37%) have a positive opinion."

    October 26, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. RufusChoate

    How refreshing and moral. The party of adults and decency is going to regain the house and senate and one must hope and pray for the Republic that they have learned their lesson.

    October 26, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. too2toomuch

    The GOP best not party too much.....because if they don't honor their promises to cut spending, protect our private property rights, and REDUCE the size of govmt., eliminate entitlements, repeal the Patriot Act, SPP, NAFTA, and get us out of the UN.....then come 2012 both they and the Dems will be OUT of office. and there WILL be a viable third party that will rise up to take the country back from those that would view it as their own personal playground.

    I do not think that folks will go quietly into the night after this election. Many of us have been working on this turn around since 2006 or before.

    October 26, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Cosmo

    GOP don't count your chickens too soon. The American public is angry, but not completely stupid. We'll all see how stupid late Tuesday night.

    October 26, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. stevegee

    USA citizens would be crazy to vote for any Democrat – all they've given us is a mountain of debt and doubt. On November 2nd, vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote for a free market economy, vote for individual responsibility – vote Republican.

    October 26, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Alex

    1 in 10? More like 1 in 5. You also have underemployment which will slowly bleed out the country. But you GOP corporate shills just had to listen to Gates and allow a MILLION or more H1B and L1 visa holders in to do shoddy work and export our technology. THESE are the people to blame!

    October 26, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. jamal jackson

    The Republicans are finally getting it – the other party is a lost cause.

    October 26, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. TheCarpathian

    I hope that if the Republicans can wrest power from the Democrats in the House ... and have at least a formidable minority in the Senate that they will be reminded of the plight of the non-elected citizens. Go ahead ... have a party. But just have the decency to wait until you've achieved something substantial for the people. Once you're successful, then NOBODY except hard-left Democrats would begrudge a celebration.

    'nuff said

    October 26, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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