October 26th, 2010
10:29 AM ET
12 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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  1. diridi

    No party election night....no GOP thugs...period....

    October 26, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. panjamas

    So...if the Republicans pull this off, do you think the first call Boenher will make to the President will be..."We won!"? I distinctly remember King Obama saying this numerous times as though the Republicans had to lay at his feet and grant every legislative wish this President set before them. Obama said on Univision that "I am not King"...maybe for once he should start acting like a President of THE United States.

    October 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Chuck in MO

    Selling "the fight"? Oh, he meant selling the "lies"! Can you even imagine old orange face Boehner at the podium? My stomach churns over the mere thought. Giving power back to the most irresponsible regime in our country makes no sense at all. Back to deregulation so corporations can have their ways once again. Did that work the first time? Very scary times for our country.The party of "NO" should be the party of obsolete. You with short term memories deserve what we're in for. Those of us who vote w/our brains deserve better than the GOP.

    October 26, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. a in austin

    McConnell stated in the last few days if they win the majority of both houses, there will be nothing done to help "We the People" until after the 2012 elections. They want it all with very little respect for our current situation. I shudder to think how much longer can we go on like this – these politicians are elected to help the voters, not the party.

    October 26, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    In 2006 we were not in a Depression, er, Recession. Secondly this is the most FAKE display of "concern" for appearances that the GObP has put out to date. If they cared so much about 1 in 10 Americans being out of work, etc they should not have sat on their hands doing NOTHING but blocking any and everything that could've mitigated these Americans circumstances. They should NOT be holding jobs hostage by telling their corporate Gods to hold back on hiring until after they gain power.
    There are PLENTY of Republicans that are ASHAMED of their Party. And after the GObP's dropping of any and all pretenses to civility, common discourse, and patriotism BEFORE personal greed and quest for power these past two years I can see why.

    October 26, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. dewlapski

    Maybe they are starting to learn their lesson. I hope the other side does too.

    October 26, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. BestProfitBusiness = WAR

    "Selling the Fight" Yup, they sure did a good job selling it. Do they believe it that's another story.

    October 26, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Augsbee

    Bottom line, there won't be a party because Republicans know they cannot and won't win against Democrats. They know people want things to stay as they are and will vote in again the same Democrats already doing the job.

    October 26, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Furthermore, WHAT would they have to celebrate? The ascension into power of their current batch of extreme-right lunatics? Hard-core Rethugs are scared of the nutjobs they currently have out there wearing the big {R}. I'm sure they wish they could push the like of O'Donnell, Angle, Brewer, Paul, Palin, Bachmann, Barbpur et al back into the womb from whence they came. Or at the very least turn them into Democrats.

    October 26, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. PalmReader

    ARE the GOPers walking the streets and knocking the doors? So far I haven't been contacted by anyone representing the R's yet. Unless you consider Rove's and the U.S. Chamber of Congress T.V. ads *contact*. We all know the ads of which I speak. They always end with *this ad is not affiliated with or endorsed by any candidate*. Look em up online and maybe you can find the sponsor, maybe not. I can understand the R's reluctance to celebrate, as well. Won't be much to celebrate, all things considered.

    October 26, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. User2

    "“This event is not a fundraiser and it is not a ‘party’"

    Well that's a 180 from Obama's trainwreck.

    October 26, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. lukuj

    This is a sensible way to handle the situation. Most Americans are NOT in the mood to see others partying when they are out of work, disgusted with the direction and Obama and the Dems are taking. I, for you, am glad the Republicans respect the feelings of the people and recognize their anger. Will the Dems do the same? Perhaps Obama will have another gala that night, or will he be on Air Force 1 again travelling yet again and spending more money the country doesn't have?

    October 26, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. d in TX

    I'm a Republican and will not be voting for his majesty BHO in 2012 or the dems in 2010 (same difference). When the GOP wins back congress, I will be dancing and partying!

    But it's refreshing to see someone in government give a little forethought to the feelings of the average citizenry, instead of the displaying the "in your face" attitude toward dems (which they deserve).

    October 26, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. oliveoil123

    Looks like a good start.

    October 26, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. ron

    If they win big buisness and China will be celebrating.

    October 26, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Sandy

    I hope Republicans truly understand that we are angry at the Washington establishment. We're tired of the games. We're tired of the politics. We're tired of the overspending and the power grabbing. I voted straight Republican in early voting this morning. And believe me, I did it holding my nose.

    October 26, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Debbie from Arizona

    The tide seems to be turning. The closer the the General Election, the more voters are actually taking a good look at some of these candidates. They seem to be finding them wanting. The Republicans are all talking points, and the actual ideas they are coming up with are too extreme for the average American voter. While the Republicans may still take the House, I do not believe they will take the Senate. I vote for the best candidate, whether they are Democrat or Republican, but this time, in my state, it's a Democratic ticket all the way.

    October 26, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Kenneth Close

    Pelosi can dance? That is the worth of this election cycle we have placed are self.

    October 26, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Andy

    That shows real class GOP==good for you for not throwing a party after election night

    October 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. keepstufingthis

    They will not go crazy and trash people like the Democrat liberals did when they won the 2008 elections. They will not shove it in the faces of the Democrat liberals like was done to them. They will act with dignity and common sense. Big difference. They will have a big job ahead and the Kenyan Marxist still to get rid of.

    October 26, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Mike D

    I hope many incumbents get kicked out. But I recall the parties and boondoggle trips and cash that Trent Lott got when the Republicans took over congress. It goes to show that most politicians are crooks.

    October 26, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. bryan

    All though politically I disagree on almost everything mr. Boehner believes in,I agree it is commendable and respectful of him to request/suggest this even if it was his party that has heaped this mess on obama and the dems and for some ridiculous reason are considered saviors. I would also like to point out that is IF THE SUCCEED IN STEALING MY COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO A THEOCRATIC PLUTOCRACY

    October 26, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. JungleCogs

    Seems to be the classy thing to do.

    October 26, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Katie

    Maybe those folks attending can plan the gops policy strategy because they certainly haven't been doing it themselves. They've just been sitting on the sidelines planning for the next election – failing to realize that they were elected to legislate, not campaign. Ah heck, the lobbyists and their anonymous donors have probably already taken care of the heavy lifting for them just as they've done in the past. Finally, they'll have to be accountable, lately they've just been flat out negligent to the country – and a price should be paid for that, and it shouldn't be reelection.

    October 26, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Craig Livingstone

    If the GOP win big on November 2nd, they have nothing to celebrate. We, the people, will be celebrating. As a conservative and a patriot, the GOP are on notice that they had better dismantle Obamacare or defund it. They had better cut the federal budget (i.e. education and energy departments etc.) and cut the size of the federal work force across the board.

    If they fail us, their party is history. An authentic conservative/constitional party will replace them and the GOP will go the way of the Whigs. On November 3rd, the GOP had better be hard at work when the sun rises. We are watching very closely.

    October 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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