Republican Senator says that the GOP is the "iPhone party"

Republican Senator says that the GOP is the
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee, has turned smartphones into political symbols. During the Republicans' weekly radio speech on Saturday, Alexander said that the government should be more like Apple. The senator said that Apple's products are designed  "to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life." He added that, "Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party."

Alexander gave examples of what an "iPhone government" would include, such as school vouchers, and more state control over Medicaid. "Just imagine the Internal Revenue code, the Food and Drug Administration or the Labor Department enabling you rather than ordering you around," the senator said.

To put the exclamation point on his idea that an iPhone party would help empower U.S. citizens, he called for Americans to submit their own ideas on ways to take the government out of their lives. "We'll learn from you," said Alexander.

The smartphone in general hasn't been much of a political animal, although President Obama's feelings for his BlackBerry has come up from time to time. In 2011, President Obama attended a dinner with SiliconValley's most famous executives, including then Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The late Apple co-founder gave the president an Apple iPad 2 which he still uses to this day.

We might add that a smartphone app might have cost Mitt Romney the presidency in 2012. The app was used by Romney workers to conduct an exit poll on Election Day. Hours before the polls closed, the app showed ROmney winning the presidency with an electoral vote count of 290 to 300. As it turned out, the assumptions were all wrong.

Here's a good question. If the GOP does become known as the "iPhone party," what smartphone does that make the Democrats?

source: CNN

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50 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Isn't a dictatorship more like an iPhone? ;)

22. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Wel said. Apple is a cry baby, they are so scared. Apple knows if they add 2014 specs in its devices it will cost them so much, that they won't make profits like they did in there previous iteration devices. Apple does not love to give, but know less is more expensive,,,,. But you do get a Apple logo which costs them peanuts to make. Great way to milk money out...

34. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Because obviously everyone has to like the same thing, and want the same thing, amiright? You act like Apple is the only one who looks out for there bottom line. IMO, experience > specs. That's why the Moto X was so good. It didn't focus on specs just because. Same goes for Windows Phone (pre GRD 3). These things proved you don't need octa-core devices for a smooth, pleasant, experience. "Apple does not love to give, but know less is more expensive,,,,. But you do get a Apple logo which costs them peanuts to make." I'd also like to point out, there laptops are actually very competitively priced (a Windows powered model with similar specs costs the same). The same goes for the Mac Pro. Not sure about the Mini, though. You could likely find a better spec'ed window model for less.

36. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Also, iPhones are dated in many respects, having been slow to change, while many of its users live in a state of ignorant bliss, unaware of the facts to the point where they think it's the best thing going.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

IMO it's like Democrats are more "iPhone" and Republicans are like Blackberry (not new ones, but the old, qwerty models).

33. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Not to mention Apples political views are far more liberal than conservative.

45. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

But the policies are 100% like Apple. Favor the rich, very close (minded) and abuse cheap labor in other countries.

46. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Same could be said about Microsoft and Google. All these Tech Companies are "liberal" because their target audience are children are overwhelming leaning left. Truth is they don't care, they want money.

3. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

METAL vs PLASTIC

4. Jehovah

Posts: 69; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

Do we Nokia Windows Phone fans have a party?

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yeah. Nokia's going away party.

10. LAFN

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Like Windows Phone it will be a new party that has a nice blend of customization, security and stability. Its time for a new party!

42. stealthd unregistered

Third party candidate (gets no votes).

5. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

So basically both Dem & Rep are "iPhone" party.

6. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

So where's the google/android party?

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Neither of them are the Android party...

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2627; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Libertarians.

28. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The Anarchy "Party".

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Yeah Repugnant-can party is already like the iphone. Apple has the bulk of its "JOBS" overseas, and a lot of the Repugnantcans have their money overseas. America is the loser in all of this in my opinion. Make more iphones at here at home, and stop hiding overseas bank accounts. O.o

9. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

A senate member promotes apple iPhone openly and no one bats an eye.........Obama becomes a part of selfie of Samsung phones and everyone loses their mind.....

26. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It's called "choice." Lamar Alexander, who is a first-rate D-bag who has cost his state jobs (Re: VW), chose to endorse the iPhone. The President didn't choose to be a part of Samsung's advertising.

32. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Politicians should stay the hell away from endorsement. If they choose so or not. Thomas Jefferson once phrased separation of state and church. I think this is more true for state and business. Since companies don't have the people's best interest in heart, just their own.

40. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

How exactly did he cost his state jobs? Please don't bring up the thug UAW that lost due to their own failings in the current automakers that they deal with regularly. I'm not a "line" employee, but if I were, I would tell the UAW to get bent too.

12. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Wow, like iPhones are made in China. Imagine the parallelism to that. The making of a product at the expense cheap 3rd World labor.

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Democrips and Rebloodicans...both parties are the equivalent of gangs. Neither party is doing anything for America. If only people in America would stop voting for either party as they treat them like sports teams, except neither party cares for its constituents. Unless said constituents are corporations. Only about half of possible voters even voted in the last election. We basically live in a Corporate Oligarchy as the latest Princeton University study shows.

27. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Eggactly.

15. Kwiss1200

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

Go figure....?

16. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

If you don't agree with Networkdood go jump off of a cliff.... You are already dead.

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Lol..thanks

18. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Disgustingly ! Using the US politics to advertize Apple , and no reaction.??? And menial media find it even nice:-) ) (But one selfie with Obama, made the menial iMedia mad, and to made scanal of it. Even they demanded a statement) ROTFL

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