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. MJ

    It just amazes me about the double standards liberals have. When the Obama girl was on the internet day and night, the person with common sense (note- not meant for liberals) did not think she was representing the party. Nor does anyone with a rational mind think that Rush is leading the conservative party (not republican). That's why decisions made by liberal politicians scare the -- out of me, because they never let facts or common sense get in the way of their decision making.

    July 21, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    Well doesn't say anything about Lady Gaga being a republican, sounds to me like this kid and the republican used her music and video without permission. Lady Gaga, feel free to sue the pants off them all, that would be really enteraining.

    July 21, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Don

    I think it is very wrong for CNN to post a headline that is so misleading that even before I read the story I felt somewhat suspicious. There is nothing in this story that ties the artist Lady Gaga to the republican party. However, by reading someof the post I see that it does not matter to some as some people have jumped to that conclusion. CNN can you please stop the sensationalistic headlines that usually prove to be wrong. Shameful..and yes Walter Cronkite would have been ashamed.

    July 21, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. mac

    Actually, Gaga is an entirely appropriate word to describe the Republican party.

    July 21, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. LoRemz

    Lady Gaga is NOT a republican and I bet her song "Just Dance" was used without her permission. Just wait until she finds out! Lady Gaga was raised in New York City and has a huge peace sign tattooed to her wrist. She says she got it to remind her about "what matters" and also as a tribute to John Lennon because she grew up near the Dakota apartment building. I can't wait to read the follow-up article where Peter Cowman gets sued. Republicans just don't get it. Bruce Springsteen and Heart didn't want you using their music, and now you will be hearing from Lady Gaga!

    July 21, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Matt

    For a lot of you commenting, you know that lady gaga isn't actually singing in the video they were shown right? It's some guy in a beater singing, and he made a music video of himself along with a bunch of government and finanacial images. The link to the video is in the article, do your research before you post.

    Also at CNN this article is pretty misleading, if I hadn't watched the video I might have made the same assumptions that lady gaga actually sang it. Work on conveying facts.

    July 21, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Gutman

    Has anyone noticed in all of these comments that the entertainer in question had NOTHING to do with the video? That this isn't reflecting her comments/beliefs/et cetera? A whole lot of uncritical thinking/reading going on on both sides here. Disappointing, really.

    July 21, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. CT

    Hey Jerry, the issue was announced by the Republican Senator, not us libs. Your either too stupid to read or just plain stupid.

    July 21, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Joanne

    I bet Eric Cantor has something to do with this. Remember, he missed a vote because he was at a Britney Spears concert. Sort of lets you know about this 'contender'.

    July 21, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. rongaga

    Definition of our political parties:

    Republicans – Rich, old white men.

    Democrats – Young whites, blacks and latinos manipulated by older, richer white men.

    July 21, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. In-Lite-Ted

    AnyOne But Sarah, GoGo GaGa.

    July 21, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Wender

    I don't know if you guys have, like, heard Lady Gaga's CD, but it SLAMS. Such a good CD. Lady Gaga is the future of America!! GAGA 2012!!

    July 21, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. John M

    The best thing to happen for the republicans is this current administration.

    July 21, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Philip

    Whoever posted that democrats (the poster used "dumbocrats") were lemmings who needed to think independently, needs to reread his/her post. The hypocrit clearly laudes his/her lemming-like following of the Republican party and in lemming-like fashion claims to be a proud member of the party of no.

    wow! Wait-to-go genius.

    July 21, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. yuri

    The GOP girl of Lady Gaga seems to be dancin' to the tune of general public among the republican rogues. They seem to be rapidly runnin' out of ideas, and instead plunge into and indulge in fornicartin' furies as exemplified by Sanford and co.

    July 21, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Mike

    I think this is another case of CNN trying to make news instead of reporting the news.

    July 21, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Joe

    Wow, the usual mindless emotional wrecks glazed over the article and have found a new, irrational hatred for Lady Gaga? I have no clue who she is. Her name was mentioned in the same paragraph as the word "Republican" and that is enough for some of you geniuses to wish death upon her. What is going on inside your minds? As far as I'm concerned, today's Republican and Democratic politicians care more about their own ego's than anything else. Shoot me in the head if I ever become a blind, fanatical follower of any political party.

    July 21, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Mike S., New Orleans

    Why didn't the Republicans do such a paradoy when George W. Bush was running our economy into the ground and borrowing money from China?

    July 21, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. MT

    Moderate Dem,

    So who was the majority in the Senate and House for that period of time? Do you even understand this form of representational government? Or all you all just out of work or house bound?

    You Democrats are all a perfect product of the US education (union run) system. The Dumbing down generation has finally learned to use the internet (after all your boy Gore invented it right)

    Have you ever lived in another country?

    I have a Masters in Accounting, a minor in Economics and I have yet to hear any Democrat defend the deficit figures (compared to GDP) from 1963 – 1970's, remember that WAR – how soon you Liberal Democrats forget!

    President Lyndon Johnson sent hundreds of thousands of troops into that conflict and true GDP fell by over a third (not counting war production) the oil embargo hit and the US lost its technological edge forever.

    July 21, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. max pargament

    unforuntately for republicans this will backfire. Instead of sending the don't tax message, their daughters will start dressing like this, leading to a mortality rate among republican voters age 75+ (which represents 90% of their base), causing democrats to have complete control of congress to tax the crap out of the remaining 10% of republicans.

    July 21, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Jeff

    Jennison, MD

    Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, took you from slavery to freedom...nevermind, I forgot GOP-hating was all the craze...

    July 21, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Whats a little sin as long as we win seems to be the new republican motto,or is that the old motto just repackaged?hahahaha

    July 21, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. David

    And when she just won her award at the much music awards, she said " I would like to think God and the Gays!!" Love her!!!!

    July 21, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. John D.

    Dear Friends,
    I read this report that "just tax" was substituted for "just dance"at a Republican gathering with wonder. How is it that the anti-tax group seems to hold such sway among some?

    What drives the sentiment in face of the recognition that U.S. citizens deserve and need such basics as health care, education, mass transit and more if we are to continue to be the global economic power we think we are? Are we content to let Congress and President's squander our money on defense toys like the F-22 and wars in the name of WMD; their own health care benefits and outrageous sexual exploits while not demanding they step up to providing for the citizens of this country?

    Are we going to run ourselves into the ground with "anti-tax" sloganeering while Congress and Presidents throw away our money to benefit Wall Street, Banks, and the military-industrial complex that a good Republican warned against many decades ago? Shall we continue to sign or hymn the tune, "let the rich get richer, while the poor get poorer?"

    Are we nuts? Or, just stupid?

    John D.

    July 21, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Michael

    Republicans shouldn't try and be funny. It's not their forte.

    July 21, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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