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. Fritzy

    Who is Lady Gaga?

    And why does the GOP need banal, talentless celebrities to push their selfish, greedy, hedonistic agenda?

    July 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    So they think a parody of a popular female pop artist is going to win over the young crowd? I gotta hand it to GOP innovation, they just keep finding new ways to distance themselves from important voting blocs. So far they've alienated blacks, hispanics, muslims, females, moderate Republicans and Independents, and now our youth. Obviously the GOPPERS have completed digging their grave, now they're just filling it in.

    July 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Keep Lady Gaga away from Gov. Sanford and Sen. Ensign.

    July 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Peter E

    For the record, the last great pop star who was a republican and a hardcore Bush supporter was Britney Spears, the icon of the sanctitiy of marriage and family values.

    July 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Mich

    A great Idea this is fantastic we need to enter the new age. We have to catch up to the dem .... Or sorry the socialist party. (obama)

    July 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. TJ

    This is not going to help the GOP. I dont know what they are thinking
    because for years all they wanted to do is.taxs. Taxs the middle class.
    The song has to be telling a story about them. The young are so inform these days I dont think they are going to be successful with this on. GOP GONE OUT PARTY.

    July 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. jaye

    The conservatives will back their party no matter what they do....but I find it laughable they're using these "sinners" to get their message across. LOL
    They've lost their "dignity" and look like a bunch of bottom feeders.

    July 21, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Liberal4Obama

    LOL. Lady Gaga is BEST friends with Perez Hilton. Looks like the GOP is finally throwing Miss California under the bus.

    July 21, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Justin

    Yeah, that'll show Obama the celebrity who you shouldn't trust because he's a celebrity! And if you don't believe Lady Gaga, just listen to former GOP Presidential candidate Fred Thompson of Law & Order fame, or John Voigt, the film and television actor brining you such socially relevant films as "Anaconda" and "Zoolander."

    July 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. LN

    the only thing more embarrassing to the GOP than this is the GOP'ers proudly proclaiming themselves to be teabaggers.

    July 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Well, at least it's better than their "Puff the Magic Dragon" fiasco of a few months ago...

    But still Lady Gaga has nothing on....Sarah Palin/OctoMom/Kate Gosselin for Co-Presidents 2012!

    'Country First' – Don't call it a comeback!

    July 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Jimmy the Greek

    Now that Lady Gaga has shown the GOP some love.... the party of "enlightenment" and "tolerance"... begins spewing hate.

    July 21, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Rob Mack

    So the GOP cut taxes and spent us into the mess we have today and NOW they feel they must speak out??? Hit us with some new ideas and maybe the people will listen. No No No is not new ideas.

    July 21, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Carl from MI

    I'm sure she represents everything the Republican party stands for.

    After all, they ARE the party of inclusion... hahaha

    July 21, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Ben

    Laughable and lame

    July 21, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    So much for family values.
    Goes from Larry Craig, to Vitter, to Sanford and now bisexual Lady Gaga.
    And they wonder why people like me refuse to take their holier-than-thou spew seriously.
    PLEASE – grow up.

    July 21, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. T

    GOP take her to C Street............Just Dance and Taxs

    July 21, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Reformed Republican

    The GOP village idiot that thinks this hag can get young people to vote rethuglicant with a song paradoy of her one and only "hit" should be tried for feloney stupidity.
    Morons, simply morons....

    July 21, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    ...or how about," Spendalicious", a remake of the Fergie tune?

    July 21, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. stephanie

    Good for them..Obama was a packaged candidate,,,He actually is a far far left liberal progressive,,,but his campaign did not let him reveal himself,,that's why the Joe the plumber "share the wealth" and the San Franciso comments about bitter clingers,,,were SO SO SO revealing,,Obama just gave a lecture on issues never telling his true position,,,now all of his policies are being rejected,,even by his own party(yes Obama wants cap and trade AND socialized medicine) and his failing stimulus package and his unfruitful foreign policy that has not changed one international relationship....people are seeing the real Obama,,,,the far far left, progressive liberal ideologue,,, and the GOP has lots of ideas and reforms,,,ask CNN to report them. Sen. Kyl is on youtube with the GOP health reforms. watch it,,,real reforms that cost nothing

    July 21, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Stop the Robber Baron Insurance Companies and The Republicans they Bribe

    Call your member of congress. Demand a government option.

    Jim DeMint (R-Aetna) is trying to "break" our President.

    Stop the Lies.
    Stop the Party of No.

    July 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. brian

    Any Republican parody I've ever seen is only funny because they actually think it is clever and funny.

    July 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. original stylin

    WELL, it doesn't look good for the Republican party. If I were Lady GaGa, I would sue them for using her image without her approval. They are always trying to use something hip to make them hop! GOP, get ready for your lawsuit coming soon

    July 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. maayyo

    this was hilarious. don't let politcal views keep you from enjoying something creative. if the GOP is going to make it then they need to put a spin on things. why not pop culture?

    July 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Moderate Democrat

    Hey...now that we spent eight years destroying this country. Let's watch music video's and change the words...that will be fun.

    Republicans: When the going gets tough.....they either quit or watch music video's.

    July 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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