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

GOP's new youth ambassador: Lady Gaga?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/21/art.ladygaga0720.gi.jpg caption="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. Mike in LR

    This kind of thing only works for the Democrats and liberals. They scrape up the dregs of the society and put them on display to highlight how they've somehow been victimized.

    July 21, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Too True For You

    1) Did they get permission, or is this performer going to sue them for libel, slander, and defamation? The GOP just issued an apology for appropriating "Running On Empty".
    2) What a great spokesperson fo the party of the religious right! I bet Robertson et al are SO pleased with this role model.
    3) The republicans deride the democratic party for being attractive to artists and stars, yet hypocritically seize every opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. Pretty slim pickings for them!

    July 21, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Brooke

    I wonder if they got her permission to parody this song. I have a feeling she wouldn't be too happy. Either way- how lame GOP!

    July 21, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Randy

    This will really add some Spice to the Stale Politics 😛

    Go Gaga Gop 🙂

    July 21, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. standard1976

    This story is misleading. It's title makes it sound like Lady Gaga made this video. I just watched it - it's a "Weird-Al" style parody clearly made by someone else with someone else singing modified lyrics. So how does that make "her" the new youth ambassador? People's comments above clearly show they don't understand this distinction.

    Other than that, the video's clever. And contrary to some of the above, I do think this may be an issue where republicans get some traction with young voters - after all we'll be paying these taxes. But they'll have to really change their positioning on other issues to take advantage of these potential gains.

    July 21, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. john

    WAKE UP! Nowhere does it say Lady GAGYA is a republican. The kid made a video parody, mostlikely without LADY"S permission. The right has a knack for ignoring property and copy write laws. Just ask Heart or Don Henly

    July 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. BKrause

    The GOP already has their own Lady Gaga...Sarah Palin. We guess there's always room for more.

    July 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. The Shrooming Liberal

    Shes a good friend of mine and she is no republican. This was a lame parody. The conservatives just dont get it! How out of touch can these morons be?

    July 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. dan

    If you read the article its a parody using a lady gaga song not her herself having anything to do with this. Try some reading comprehension classes people.

    July 21, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Susan

    By all means, let's cut taxes again and then the states will get NO federal money, and guess what? When our schools fall apart, our kids are taught in classes of 50 1st graders so they don't learn to read, and our roads and bridges get into worse disrepair, then the STATES can raise taxes. And by the way, while Rethugs are cutting taxes, let's stop funding their idiotic war, their health care, their bloated salaries and benefits, and their pensions. Maybe when they are on a level playing field with the rest of us they will figure out that taxes are not evil in and of themselves. It's what they do with the money that makes it bad. And get rid of the lobbyists!

    July 21, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. David

    Gaga didn't make the song "Just Tax" it was a parody of her song "Just Dance" The parody was made by Peter Cowan....

    Gaga is not in any affiliated with any political party endorsing, she in an artist.

    July 21, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Mike b

    Can you say Republican desperation.

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

    Does anybody actually read the articles before the post?!?!? Nowhere did it say that Lady Gaga condoned/ authorized the use of her song in the parody video. READ!!!!

    July 21, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Susan

    @Jerry American July 21st, 2009 1:07 pm ET

    A classic news story , just because she is talking about taxes who said she was republican. I know, all the rabid libs must have gotten a message from chairman Mau Obama to trash republlcans on this story , read the posts—standard for the idiots of change."

    So glad that you refrain from trashing people you don't agree with...I assume calling us rabid idiots is a compliment? And our President does not tell us what to write or think, unlike your mouthpieces Rush and Beck, who daily send out the Republican whining points.

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

    You all realize that Lady GaGa had absolutely nothing to do with this video. A young republican altered and used her video to promote the republican agenda...and a GOP senator/congressman showed it as a recruiting tool. Simple enough. There will likely be a cease-and-desist order on the use of the video shortly. It says all of this in the article. People need to actually read articles before they comment.

    July 21, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Joe in CA

    Here we go again teh republicans ripping off artisst just like old man McCain did with Jackson Brown and how ironic is in the news today. No original ideas from the party of OLD WHITE MEN.

    July 21, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Lori laughs at the GOP. Obama beats Romney & Palin in a presidential matchup.

    Republicans are so not cool. They poll the worst amongst youth voters, women voters, and ethnic voters. Even male voters are running from the GOP to become Independent. And they think that Lady Gaga will make them cool? I think not.

    July 21, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. NC

    Republicans in 2010 and 2012.

    July 21, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. lkirschner

    ummm...CNN: I don't have a degree in Journalism, but the headline strongly suggests that Lady Gaga is working for the GOP, and all I see here is that some 23 year old made an unauthorized parody of one of her songs.

    Maybe CNN is having 23 year olds run their editorial dept?

    July 21, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    When Scum vs Scum,,, Repubs this is a new level of Pethiticness

    July 21, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Cory

    Ok people, do your research on Lady GaGa. I'm a young adult, so I know who this performer is. she is definitely NOT a republican nor will she ever will be. She is, however, bankrupt, so i'm sure the GOP could cut her a pretty hefty check to use her song.

    July 21, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. saftgek

    WOW! So, the GOP is now pandering to the fringe of youth in our society with an absolute freak of nature – in the person of Lady Gaga. I was exposed to this group not long ago when attending a taping of one of Jay Leno's last shows. Absolute trash "performed" by absolute trash!

    Clearly, if there was any doubt as to the decayed and impotent state of the Republican Party, this story should rid everyone's minds of that doubt. The irony of the story – and the action – is the unlikely possibility of ANY GOP'ers actually ever having heard of this poor, unfortunate soul.

    July 21, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Mike

    The problem with health care is that it has not been a priority in years past. Now that we realize this is the number one issue that needs to be addressed, as expressed by many financial minds, not just Democrats, it's going to cost us big time. But what would the cost be if it's not taken care of? Why are we so far behind other countries when it comes to taking care of our own? The fact that Farrah Fawcett had to go to Germany to get cancer treatment should speak volumes of our falling behind. She herself questioned why our country doesn't have the technology other countries do when it comes to healcare. The answer, if a cure is found, where would the healthcare industry and drug companies get their money? The money is not in the cure, it's in the treatment. When was the last time there was a cure for anything? Lastly, people speak as if a government run program is the end of the world. Well, our post office is a government run agency and for the mere cost of a stamp, we get excellent service in comparison to other countries. Our police & fire departments are government run. Why not give health care a chance and stop bickering about nonsense.

    July 21, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Bill

    Republicans and Lady Gaga, finally together! I mean they are perfect for each other, lots of hype, little substance, and pretty much ignored by people who understand the industry.

    July 21, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Limbaugh is a liberal. Republicans have offered over 100 amendments to the Democratic legislation on health care. Try to keep up. I know it's hard when you have to spend so much time memorizing Obama's talking points, but there is a whole reality out there that has nothing to do with what Obama says. Speaking of numbers, you forgot to mention that the GAO looked at Obama's and found his projected healthcare savings overestimated and costs understated. So Braniac, how will he pay fot it? You seem to have all the answers, so WHAT's THE ANSWER TO THAT?

    July 21, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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