Asks: Why Be a Republican?

With its website, the GOP asks Republican faithful for ideas and comments about rebuilding the party.

By + More

A week after the GOP's dismal showing on Election Day, the Republican National Committee yesterday unveiled a new site,, which lets the party faithful contribute ideas, video clips, and donations to advance the cause. "The site offers users the opportunity to discuss their reasons for being a member of the Grand Old Party and what being a Republican means to them," the RNC said in a press release.

The format is similar to the RNC's special website launched in the run-up to the 2008 Republican National Convention in September; that site let people offer ideas and commentary before completion of the party platform.

Now Republicans are being invited to offer their opinion of where the party is headed and how it can be better prepared for the future. In-site polling will be featured, too, as viewers are invited to answer such questions as "How do you want the Republican Party to represent you in the 21st century? What is the most important issue facing our party in the 21st century?"

In announcing the new site, RNC Chairman Mike Duncan said: "We are a party of principles and must regain our voice. We need to hear what our volunteers, activists, elected leaders, and party members think about the Republican Party as we rebuild, refocus, and renew our bond with the American people."

Earlier this week, the Obama transition got its new website,, up and running with post-election news and guidelines for applying for jobs in the Obama administration.

  • Click here for more on the Republican Party.
  • Click here for more on the Obama transition.
  • Click here for more by Katherine Skiba.