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. Olaf Big

    Love it! Sarah Palin and Lady Gaga are sure to restore the trust in GOP! Did not we vote for George Bush nine years ago because we'd be comfortable having a beer with him?

    July 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. m cella

    Why don't they dress Sarah Palin or Rudy Giuliani up as Lady Gaga? That would be more original than this stupid idea. Unless they are pandering to the East Village Wigstock crowd or tiny bopper club kids-this is useless. Just more T&A chasing by the GOP.

    July 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Dude

    Do I really need one more reason not to listen to Lady Gaga or whatever her name is?

    July 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Ken in Gainesville

    When you have nothing to offer, dazzle them with glitter. I do not think Republicans have any common sense left.

    July 21, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Rick

    I hope she sues for copyright infringement

    July 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. mazy

    I would much rather be a republican than a democrat these days!!! Obama is trying to bankrupt the country with this ridiculous health care plan. I though he said when he was running that he would not bankrupt the country...typical politician. Say what you can to get into office and then go back on your promise!! If this health care plan passes and he bankrupts the country he will forever be known as the WORST president in United States History!!! All these comments about Republicans being stupid and idiotic still doesn't take away from the fact that Obama is a socialist and as much as he has tried to pull the wool over the eyes of the Americans (which by the way he apparently has you democrats eating out of his hands) Its the republicans and yes some democrats who recognize that this plan is a huge mistake and would create an even larger deficit that we would NEVER be able to pay back. I'm sorry but I want my children and my childrens children to have a future!!!

    July 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Flex

    Republicans, and the religious zealots who govern the party, are poison for this country. They genuinely hate everyone who disagrees with them, and they use the ballot process to impose their disgusting religion into our private lives.

    Lady Gaga should sue the Republican party for using her as a tool in their power hungry quest for absolute control!

    July 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Sam, Seattle

    Dave Reichert is sooooooo out of touch. He's an embarrassment to Washington....state and D.C.

    July 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Huh??

    Okay, here's the problem with this whole thing. The demographic for Lady Gaga doesn't line up with the krusty old white men's club and I would certainly think the bible pushers must be aghast at this woman's dress and attitude.
    Perhaps a little more Barry Manilow or Kenny G, or GOP contemporaries like Beethoven......
    But seriously, what does the GOP offer today's youth? Most people under the age of 40 are much more socially tolerant than the GOP generation born just after the turn of the 20th century.
    This kinda reminds me of the clip when Karl Rove was dancing all gangsta at a press dinner a few years back, just insanely awkward.

    July 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Lawrence

    This is all they have?

    July 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Use your brain

    Gotta love all the idiotic responses from Democrats!! Most of the celebrities are Liberals and you don't go tearing them apart. But when one isn't a Liberal you go wild. Kind of like Democrats constantly crying their eyes out about FOX news. The rest of the so called News media are in the tank with Obama and you cry your little eyes out cause one network will give us the facts, yes facts, that we can't find anywhere else. Nothing wrong with hearing both sides to an issue, is there? Don't believe everything those liberal college professors are teaching you. Some day we hope you grow up and can detox from the brainwashing you received in school. Think for yourself, if possible.

    July 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Sean

    What a misleading title. A song parody hardly qualifies the original artist as a supporter...

    July 21, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. FL

    She can't sue them for a parody.

    July 21, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. baldman76

    I was not aware that riding "Disco Sticks" was now in the realm of family values...

    July 21, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. kbm

    I live in Seattle and find the video to be hilarious.

    "Just Tax" is really all the Democrats want to do.

    Love it!

    July 21, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Auntie

    As a resident of Reichert's district, I can tell you I'm unsurprised that he and his staff would be dumb enough to use something like this for publicity purposes. He's pathetic, and so is the GOP for trying to scare people out of providing quality, affordable health care for everyone. It can be done and it has to be done. To not do it would jeopardize our economy far more than the current recession. But apparently all Reichert, Pence, and the rest of the GOP are concerned about is their polling numbers and so-called "youth-outreach". Lame.

    July 21, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. obamafan

    mazy, your great grandchildren will read in their history books about Obama being one of the greatest presidents of all time and he followed the worst in history.

    July 21, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Hilary

    I hope they asked for permission first. I doubt it though. How pathetic.

    July 21, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Steve

    I love commenters like mazy – "Obama is trying to bankrupt the country with this ridiculous health care plan. "

    Oh, yeah, tell me, mazy, and in SPECIFIC detail, what you don't like. How, EXACTLY will it bankrupt the country? What source(s) of funds will it deplete that the country requires to keep running? How will it take money from those funds? Who will oversee the allocation of these funds, and why is that bad?

    Chances are you're just like all the other foaming right-wingers on here – you don't know a darn thing about the plan – you just know you're not supposed to like it.

    You remind me of that old saying, "It's better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt."

    July 21, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Mike Dallas

    This 58 year old white man, does at least know who Lady GaGa is and the song this "parody" is supposed to be about.

    This is no parody, this is tragic, 'sides "Poker Face" may have been a better choice for the lame doofus in the vid.

    July 21, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Wick

    Funny how recent success wipes out liberal memories. The Democratic Party was described as having no ideas or plans for a relevant future as early as three years ago. They were the party of no ideas and dead end politics as recently as the election prior to this one. In fact, they have been in that light since the early 80's and only recently got thier heads out of thier collective posteriers long enough to win an election or two. Let's see, Reagan, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Obama . . . That's 12 years of Democrats vs. 20 years of Republicans in the last 32. For the record, I am only 32 years old, so I think the Dems have a little further to go to catch up. With the horrid taxation issues and massive spending in Obama's first several months of office, you can look forward to a return to Republican rule soon.

    July 21, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Angie in Pa

    GOP How about coming up with some ideas and working with congress and President Obama to help fix the mess your party and President made instead of this nonsense so fed up with the GOP

    July 21, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. MT

    I wonder if Gaga will be eligible for the newest healthcare plan for all the "professionals" like HBO Start Edie Falco who had to "suffer" for all those years without healthcare FOR THE CAREER CHOICE THEY MADE.

    I would rather my tax dollars go for those that truly are without Healthcare because of circumstances NOT THE CHOICES THEY MADE.

    Since when did the US become the country for each and every lazy slacker to be entitled to healthcare.... just because they chose poorly?

    July 21, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Mission Accomplished

    The GOP is now using a bisexual rock star as their messenger. Priceless. What next, Boy George?

    July 21, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Anne

    It's funny how all the republican supporters are upset at CNN for reporting this item. I'd say that's misplaced outrage. If you don't like the story, which is just a straightforward report of a fact, then I think you should take it up with whoever it is that runs your party...Changing lyrics (not even inventing their own) on a song so that they can spew more negativity..I'd be embarrased too. Mostly, I feel sorry for Lady Gaga.

    July 21, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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