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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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 โ€“ 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 counselโ€™s office.

Most of those are supporters of one of the challengers to current RNC chair Mike Duncan. The newly-scheduled forum โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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. Joe Green

    Let's have the racist guy as head of the GOP. Then the Democrats will win for another 20 years.

    How stupid can they get? "Barack the Magic Negro?"

    And they DEFEND this as Satire?

    Dumb and Dumber!

    Here's a clue: A guy who listens to parody songs on Rush Limbaugh is not mature enough to lead a Cub Scout troop, much less the RNC.

    December 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Bill

    Are they going to be smart enough to boot the racists out of the party during this meeting? Or is racism still ok with the GOP?

    December 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. dickelocker, Ft. Lauderdale

    A group of 18 state GOP Chairs has gone over the heads of the RNC national leadership, and called a meeting of the RNC National Committee. It appears to be a revolt within the GOP. Highly unusual (unique?) step for a supposedly "conservative" party. Something one would expect from the more activist Dems, not the Republicans.

    Yet 99% of the comments posted say nothing rational about this unusual move. Rather, both Dem. & GOP responders throw mud at one another, as if the election were still in question. I thought the "Know-Nothing" party disappeared in the 19th Century, but it's alive and well in CNN public postings. Where is the civil public discourse both Obama & McCain espoused? God help us!

    December 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    What in Hades is a "nanny state"? Republicans seem to think that a federal government that does what it is supposed to do isn't what they want.
    I have an idea. All you Republicans who want no taxes and no government can look to several underdeveloped countries where you can take your money and move to, and be welcome as long as you have money.
    As for most of us, we like having a government which tries to care for the basic needs of the citizens, and don't mind paying our fair share of the taxes to run the country. If this is your idea of a "nanny state" then you need help.

    December 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Daniel

    Republicans need to go back to conservative roots? No. What they need to do is stop worshipping Reagan and start listening to Theodore Roosevelt. He was actually smart and cared about the people. He always said that the rich man should help and respect the common man. If they start following Teddy's principles, the Republicans just might get back their respect and dignity.

    December 29, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. dibick99


    December 29, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. JCR

    What seems to be missing is Facts? What? The Banks, Most of Wall Street, and a VERY LARGE portion of the Car Industry is DEMOCRAT. You people insist on blaming everything on Republicans.

    1) Bankers have been voting Democratic for Years, More stupid regulations means more money they can charge you for their services.... When we Bailed out the S&L's in the 1980's Republicans went looking for other ways to make money... CHECK IT OUT!

    2) Frank and Dodd, did everything they could for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.... TO FAIL (*oh yeah POWERFUL DEMOCRATS!) GW Bush tried to fix that loophole near 2006 and was blocked by..... DEMORATS....

    3) Most of the Little "Gordon Gecko" wannabees from the Wall Street are not fundamentalist Republicans, but very Liberal Democrats. Good New York Liberals, whose goal is to "Screw every Grandma in America except mine.... GET A CLUE PEOPLE!

    So who the **** are you really mad at here? Maybe the Dufuses who you and most media Voted into office and will now run America....

    December 29, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Pat

    SOUTHERN HOTTIE December 29th, 2008 4:14 pm ET
    R N C
    Really Nasty Creeps.

    The pendulum ALWAYS swings back, self-proclaimed Southern "Hottie" - (hopefully without the likes of YOU). BTW, what makes YOU so HOT?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let me guess . . . .

    December 29, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    Ohio Citizen... I would hazard a guess that you have about as much chance of being a Democrat as Lou Dobbs being an Independent! ๐Ÿ™‚

    You are and have been a Republican....and so is Dobbs! *LOL* I would even bet that you just loved Sarah Palin to dead!

    I don't know why it makes people feel that their criticism is more valid, if they claim to be from the party they are criticising! It's just a wonder to me.... I hate to disillusion you, but the Republican Party is as obsolete as of Saltman's CD! Talk about shooting yourself in the foot... *LOL* Although I think it is just the last breath from a dead horse.

    December 29, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Rumsfeld

    Nothing good will come from a meeting of this bunch. It shows just how deparate they truly are. They will prepare to sacrifice someone in order to breath new life into the RNC.
    I doubt they even understand why their party lost. Just a bunch of dazed and confused old politicians who are afraid of losing their cushy jobs with the hefty pensions.

    December 29, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Todd (not the Alaska Seperatist)

    Repukes, why don't you discuss dissolving your irrelevant party at this meeting? Then you could form two new parties, one for all the ignorant racists, the other for your Government for Sale wing?

    December 29, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Pat

    J.P. December 29th, 2008 4:11 pm ET
    Tell me when a conservative actually gets to runโ€ฆ instead of "republicans."Republican = self-loathing, spend-happy liberals-in-denial.
    I'm a conservative because I believe in PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY - and I think you, J.P., are FULL OF CRAP!!!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. Texas Teacher

    Marilyn... there you go... proving my point! How many other democrats in here are so sick of the Republican CD that they are not going to be democrats anymore? Come on.....'fess up! ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean, Bush is such a jewel that he is enough to make you turn Republican! I mean... Seriously.... give me strength... *LOL*

    December 29, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. Cromartie

    The problem with the GOP is its most vocal and active constituencies are centered around 3 (largely unpopular) groups in society:

    (1) greedy old, rich men who love the fallacy of 'trickle-down' economics (because it rarely actually does trickle-down, but sounds good on paper)

    (2) Masters of the Universe neo-conservative types who can't get over the end of the Cold War & spend all day reading Tom Clancy & watching 'Future Weapons' on TiVo

    (3) Bible-thumping religious wingnuts more concerned about the 'afterlife' than their current one.

    The GOP also has a problem in that conservatism (by definition) makes it the party of "NO," when most people believe that to solve the horrendous problems faing us today, we need to find creative ways to say 'YES.'

    December 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Texas Teacher

    David Dean, you are a true poet... and a learned one at that! ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. chris@stl

    wonder the party would elect Ken Blackwell as the next chair (very first black chair of GOP)!!! That would be a hoot .... The party needs a new image of inclusiveness, and this should precisely help achieve that.

    December 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    Mr. Magoo.... if a dem had sent out that CD... they would have had a lynch mob at his house the first Saturday night available... hoods and all!

    Rush Limbaugh I am sure is very proud! Pa lease... give me a break! Is anyone surprised that Limbaugh ran this cd on his show? What is shocking is that other republicans find it entertaining....

    The RNC is dead... long live the DNC! ๐Ÿ™‚ ....and Barack Obama!

    December 29, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Don of Iowa

    And thus it begins, the disinteration of the GOP, Greedy Old Pig party, having lost the latest election due to arrogance and ignorance they now stand at the threshhold of demise after the American public has sent them a sign that they will no longer stand for thier type of leadership. They have no answers, they only depend on divisive measures to break apart those who stand against them, and they lead with the arrogant attitude that only they are right and everyone else is wrong. This ill formented joining of the greedy rich and the over arrogant religious fundamentalists now has a major division in it's midst, the religious fundamentalists are typically poor and it is hard to see an arrogant plan devised for the rich with the only hand out being you get to have religious organizations as part of the US Governement if we the rich get all the money and power. The GOP stands at an abyss, they either change or they turn against themselves and already the blood letting has begun, it is only s short time before there are two or three parties where the Greedy Old Pig Party once stood in ignorance and arrogance, devided against itself as it should always have been. This is the firstof the many steps that will see the GOP come to naught, nothing more than a side note in the history of the US of A, no longer relevant, no longer in existence 5 years hence, after they lose the election even more resoundingly in 2012 than they did in 2008. Ignorance and superstition loseout to science and knowledge, the way it has always been and the way it shall always be, Long may the Greedy Old Pigs be dead, it has not come a day too soon.

    December 29, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Mary

    Darwinism has taken affect and the RNC failed to adapt to it's environment.

    December 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Western Voter

    What a gathering...Rush, Shawn, O'Reilly, Coulter, Pat Robertson, and other great white American sharks reminiscing about next year! Looking forward through their rear view mirror.

    December 29, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    perhaps they can play the CD "Obama the Magic Negro" to set the tone for the meeting.

    December 29, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Charles - Mississippi

    I can't wait to read all about it –

    I'm sure however that their discussions will be better if in the
    Original German.

    December 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. good riddance GWB ... and his sheep

    a room full of these fools? let's hope for a runaway donut truck to knock them all out at once ...

    December 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Don of Iowa

    Just goes to show what I have always said, the GOP is nothing more than racist, ignorant, and belligerant old farts who could not lead us out of a paper bag let alone lead a country, I think the past 2 Bush administrations have shown that to the American public louder than anything else could, everything from Wall Street, Irag, the hunt for bin Laden, and our own place in the international arena have been destroyed by the greedy arrogant practices of this ignorant party of hate filled old coots, not a one of who would make it through the Pearly Gates if you held them up to the beliefs they spout so vehemently as the only righteous way, now we see what they truly mean as righteous, all for me and none for the rest of you, once again showing us they are the Greedy Old Pig party, GOP, bunch of Greedy Old Pigs, nothing less, nothing more, move along now folks, nothing to see here except the same ol same ol, just more arrogant ignoratn pigs rooting through the trash like they always are, trying to find thier way as usual

    December 29, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Pat

    Cal December 29th, 2008 4:27 pm ET
    Dems are right. There is a lot to hate about the Republican party. Republicans need to get rid of the liberal and moderate Republicans which lost this election and go back to conservative roots. The reason why Dems hate Republicans is self hate and we need these traitors to join the Dems. Alteast Dems and Republicans all agree to hate McCain, he's a wanna be Dem and no one likes that.

    Huh? Can't even remotely understand what you're trying to say! But, then, that's the Liberal way !!! Speaking "in tongues," as usual.

    December 29, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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