December 29th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
5 years ago

First-of-its-kind RNC meeting to be held in Washington

RNC chair Mike Duncan faces a tough race to keep the top spot.
RNC chair Mike Duncan faces a tough race to keep the top spot.

(CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee are planning to hold a Washington forum for candidates to lead the party – the first time they have held an official meeting not arranged by the national party.

The meeting, first reported by The Hill, was the brainchild of North Dakota Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth and nearly two dozen RNC members from 18 states, according to the RNC counsel’s office.

Most of those are supporters of one of the challengers to current RNC chair Mike Duncan. The newly-scheduled forum – which was not arranged by national leadership, headed by Duncan - may give a boost to these candidates, who will get an opportunity to make their pitch to the members of the national committee.

Under RNC rules, a minimum of 16 members from 16 different states is required to hold an official meeting – but CNN has not been able to find any prior instance when this rule has been invoked.

The meeting comes in a week of faceoffs and public grillings for RNC chair hopefuls - some open to the public, others private events for conservatives and party members.


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  1. Perusing-Through

    THANK GOD!

    I just hope this emergency RNC meeting is constructive and helps stop GOP bleeding. The RNC is in a free fall to oblivion. It is not an overstatement to say the RNC will be gone the way of President Millard Fillmore's Whig Party and the DoDo bird if it does not face the reality of its shortcomings.

    The RNC must RETAKE THE POLITICAL CENTER and LEARN TO LEAD A NEW CULTURALLY DIVERSE U.S.A., OR THEY ARE TOAST. CHIP SALTSMAN's LATEST STUPID "MAGIC NEGRO" CD, IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF RNC IDIOCIES.

    December 29, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Perusing-Through

    THANK GOD!

    I just hope this emergency RNC meeting is constructive and helps stop GOP bleeding. The RNC is in a free fall to oblivion. It is not an overstatement to say the RNC will be gone the way of President Millard Fillmore's Whig Party and the DoDo bird if it does not face the reality of its shortcomings.

    December 29, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Proud American

    This meeting is to pick this years Village Idiot. The RNC, which stand for Racist National Committe, gather once a year to chose the Village Idiot Elder. God Bless them I can't wait to find out who will be next year Village Idiot because a lot of Republican are in the race this year. I'm so excited, God Bless America

    December 29, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. roger in ga

    It is strange that originally the Republican Party was the first party to openly include Blacks while the Democratic Party was the party of racist and now the roles are reversed.

    The Republican Party has self destructed and is rapidly approching the levels of other racist groups. I think they need to go back to the drawing board and remake the party. It will take time for them to do this because the Old Guard is not willing to share with and or hand over to the up and coming younger Republicans. The infighting among them will cost them for years to come.

    In the mean time we will still be a 2 Party system in this country as the Independents are growing in numbers and justifiably so.

    December 29, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Susan in NC

    Perhaps at this Washington RNC pow-wow, klan-rally, whatever they're calling it - someone should inform them that negative and hate-filled politics are OVER in this country - we're THROUGH with their fear-mongering, divisive, name-calling, threatening maneuvers!

    December 29, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Greg Hodges

    Big Bear: So only Republicans are decent,honest,hardworking,God loving patriots. I really wonder what planet you are living on?The Republicans have spent 8 years destroying the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans; from Katrina, to Iraq, To the economic Wall Street meltdown; and you just don`t get it?! Fifty MILLION people elected Barack Obama as the next President of the U.S.A.; and still the good olde boys are trying to convince anyone without a brain that it is all some kind of trick. The only trick is the American people took a good look at what has happened to their country under Republican control for the last 8 years and WISED UP!!!

    December 29, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Frank Miller

    The Republicans are no Democrats, but at least they should follow democratic principles. This here looks more like a gang of chinese communist elders declaring a new paradigm and the fitting chairman. Did they not learn anything from the imperial – and failed! – Bush presidency?

    December 29, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Julie

    They have to denounce Bush and the mess he has made in order to survive as a viable party.

    December 29, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. dmjakers

    I hope they open with the National Anthem, then follow that with the new Republican Party Anthem, "Barack the Magic Negro!"
    I'm not mad at them over it.
    As an African-American and life-long Republican - until November, when I went rogue (I mean, Independent) I can only say I wouldn't have been surprised if it was the Klan or James Dobson or Jerry Falwell who mailed that stuff out. Remember, it was more than Obama they were singing about on that CD.
    It's the fact that in the middle of a fight to lead a party whose membership already is shrinking, we get this. And other major party leaders are DEFENDING it. It deserves the attention it's getting. I can't wait to see what they do next.

    December 29, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Austin

    The Neo-cons, bible-thumpers, race-baiters and fellow travelers just don't get it. The national demographic is changing. It's RAPIDLY becoming younger, more urban and better educated. The days when "the base" could swing anything beyond a local election is long gone. Unless the Repubs can free themselves from the rednecks and the puritanical finger-waivers, they're toast.

    December 29, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Kathy

    The GOP lost their core values when Reagan became president. They no longer value a small government, they spend like money grows on the White House lawn, they intrude in American personal lives and have put religion right in the middle of politics. Their core values are helping big businesses at all cost (deregulation and trickle down economics does not work) and cutting taxes.

    We have had 3 Republican presidents since the 1980's and our nation's infrastructure is crumbling, unemployment is high, health care is out of reach for most Americans and we are spending billions on two wars.

    December 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. db

    the godless libs and the "gotcha" media were mean to Sarah Palin, and how DARE they question a decent honest citizen like Joe the plumber!!
    They just want to "Tax and Spend this great country into the Ground," and "WAVE THE WHITE FLAG OF SURRENDER!!"
    Those tree-hugging lefties don't even know a good MAGIC NEGRO song when they hear it!!
    I mean- that's HILARIOUS!
    HOW ON EARTH did Barack HUSSEIN Obama EVER win the election, and
    How come EVERYBODY isn't a Republican???
    GEE.

    December 29, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Joe Madden

    I guess it more a "wake" than a meeting. I wonder what kind of music they will play as they close the lid on the coffin of Republican indifference?

    December 29, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Mari

    The Republicans have become a joke thanks to Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Reagan, Savage, etc. oh.... and Faux News!

    As long as they continue to spew......

    HATE...... LIES........ FEAR.....AND DIVISION.......

    AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO REJECT THEM!

    December 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Nurul Aman

    As an American I am urging the RNC leaders to officially condemn the outrageous act of Chip Saltsman in sending his racially charged Magic Negro CD to the GOP leaders as christmas gifts. This act of divisiveness is seriously offensive and unacceptable in America, where racism and bigotry have no place any longer.

    I hope the RNC leaders will evict Saltzman from the GOP immediately before they convene their forum in Washington.

    December 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Jim in Bisbee

    I'm hoping the GOP comes back in a more intelligent form, eschewing racism, creationism, wealth, etc, etc.

    My dad was a Republican, but bless his soul, he wouldn't vote for W because his financial stand made no sense to my pop.

    December 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Nurul Aman

    As an American, I am urging the RNC leaders to officially condemn the outrageous act of Chip Saltsman in sending his racially charged Magic Negro CD to the GOP leaders as christmas gifts. This act of divisiveness is seriously offensive and unacceptable in America, where racism and bigotry have no place any longer.

    I hope the RNC leaders will evict Saltzman from the GOP immediately before they convene their forum in Washington.

    December 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Not being a Republican myself and looking from the outside in, one can only hope that the party does really try to re-evaluate itself. If they dont do some serious changing, they are going to lose even more members. They need to get off of the Palin type mind set and move into the 21 century. Not to say that you have to lose values by doing so. Just find someone to re-organize your party that the nation can respect. I just have a hard time respecting most Republicans because I think for the most part they alienate people. You don't have to be so far right in your mindset, just as for the Democrats the party doesnt have to be so far to the left. This country sits somewhere in the middle and they need to put people in place that have the ability to compromise for the larger objectives.

    On the other hand, I love watching them crumble. I do. I cant help myself, I just get a kick out of it, because they have been so hypocritical.

    December 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. John Poggendorf; Prescott, AZ

    Dear RNC:

    You now have the opportunity of choosing a small cadre' of influential party leaders that will keep faith with the party's true core constituency and beliefs. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take the opportunity to do so before the opportunity slips through your fingers and more pragmatic machiavellian heads prevail!!!!

    Bring William Kristol on as a full time advisor / consultant. Oust Mike Duncan and replace him with the ever lucid Sarah Palin. Install Rick Warran as spiritual mentor, and let's not forget to elevate Chip Saltsman to the position of Choirestor.

    Oh...and change the party motto to something much more in keeping with those traditional republican values we've all come to know and loathe; something with an Orwellian bent like "War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength!"

    What could be more in keeping with the party of exclusion, intollerance, bigotry and abject lack of curiosity?

    Oh....and one more thing: change the party moniker from GOP to RIP! Truly in keeping with your future, I would think.

    December 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Lauren

    So here come all the immature, stupid on liner comments from the Dems.

    December 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Erin K.

    So the "Republican" party is having a meeting. Which part of the party? The "Smaller Government – stay away from me and my lifestyle" Republican Party, or the "Legislate Morality, invoke laws banning and outlawing abortion, gay marriage and anything else we decide is immoral" Republican Party?

    See, that's the problem.. the Republicans have had a pretty disfunctional party for years, and FINALLY it's coming home to roost. Small Government & Legislating Morality don't really go well together. You sort of have to pick one or the other... and no one wants to do that. But, you can't really have both.

    I'm a "Fiscal Liberal". I'd like to see smaller government, and i'm socially liberal. Both Dems & Republicans seem to be fine with large government.. it's just where they decide they want to stick uncle sams nose that is the difference. On that, I side with democrats over republicans. Go to Church on Sunday, but keep it out of my government.

    December 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Jan Illinois

    Now is the best time for the RNC to head out and search, literally search for new, honest, politically minded people, if the don't get them introduced now they don't stand a chance in the next election, that's all there is to it, and Palin is not the answer.

    December 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Perusing-Through

    GOOD MOVE, GARY

    A meager 74,000 votes spread over 4-states separated McCain-Palin from a more disastrous lost to Obama-Biden. Unbelievably, three of the four states have been hardcore RED states for decades, and those three states are Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

    North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth clearly see the handwriting on the wall and is not waiting around for people like Chip Saltsman and Sarah Palin to hand the GOP over to a bunch of "low intensity Joe Six-Packs".

    December 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. McLieberman

    Has Frank Lutz, Sean Hannity, William Krystal, Rush Limpalong, and please don;t leave out the Congressional SELLOUTS, like; John "Crap Sandwich" Boehner, Eric 'Zionist' Cantor, and everyone's favorite Israeli BeeAtch, Mike Pence of Indiana. Don't forget the long and distinguished NEOCON, Corporate Whoring, Sellout grand ole party that kills the people's rights and destroyers of the US CONSTITUTION !

    Yeah, you Right Wing Nut Jobs and your Soviet Security over America was about as popular as a LEAD ZEPPLIN.

    Maybe you should all just meet, distribute the FloMax and Geritol and talk about the Good Old Days, when your 'BIG Party First' Fleeced Americans of their money and rights.

    Some choice in this country: Chromed Communism – choose Socialism or Fascism that's your only choice!

    PS: Accolades to the 4th branch of government: MSM /Media

    You and the DNC need to move to a 3rd world nation, we can't take it anymore.

    regards,

    a true Republican!

    December 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Chris E

    The GOP/RNC is a BIG JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!! They need to go back and do more than find a leader they need to find themselves to see how they can make a change. Lets hope they pick PALIN as the leader.

    December 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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