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 – 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. Pat

    Bobby December 29th, 2008 4:37 pm ET

    Its all really to funny to me, there was never a good republican since Eisenhuer , This GOP has been and still is about the Nixon docturen not a Reagon reveloution its always been about Nixon. I was very pleased to see this Bush win his second term because thats what it took to wake up most Americans to just what the GOP is all about.
    Now its time to say NO MORE REPUBLICANS keep voting them out…

    If you REALLY want to communicate, "Bobby," try spell checking your garbage!!!!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Jim Jam

    There probably looking to add a harmony track to their "Barack the magic negro" song.

    What a bunch of racist, idiots. Nearly ruined this country with their "Big business can do no wrong" policy.

    December 29, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Let's see just what the GOP does with this disgusting piece of crap Chip Saltzman and his magic brainlessness. With this revelation of this"satire" he shows how bigoted he and many of his brethern are.

    He, and those who do not denounce him should be removed from the GOP.

    Of course this is a party of division, hatred, bigotry, and will shrink into oblivion. Nobody will tolerate this kind of nastiness, and will remember this come election time...Shame, shame, shame!!!

    It's time for a complete overhaul of the GOP before they're completely irrelevant.

    December 29, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ JM.......

    I've seen your ranting on this board and it appears something has touched a nerve. First of all there is a difference in talking about RACE and being RACIST and you can not seem to seperate the two. Obama gave a speech in Penn about race relations in our country. Rush plays "Obama the magic negro" on his radio station and now A GOP member wants to bring it up again. People at Palin rallies called Obama a terriost, tratior, and other race slogans and she did nothing about it. I don't recall anyuone making fun of McCain nor Palin because of their race. Not like those trying to sell Obama monkey dolls or waffle boxes with him dressed like Aunt Jemimah with a rag on his head. Although Palin did call herself a redneck, I saw no one else in the DNC doing so.

    The problem with this song is that ALL politicians are made fun of, but to make fun of them because of skin color IS RACIST. You get it now??

    December 29, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. bill for barack

    Are we at long last witnessing the death throes of the Republican party?
    One can only hope.
    No other single group of people has done so much to bring so much suffering to the American people as have the Republicans, especially since the days of Nixon.

    December 29, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Pat

    What???? No putrid smoke signals from Texas Teacher here? How can that be?

    December 29, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. john

    The GOP has a huge problem. They hate change. No one wants to be conservative anymore accept for old white people. The GOP is a dieing party. If they really want a chance to beat the democrats again its either one of 2 ways...

    1. They embrace Teddy Roosevelt style progressive policies

    2. the dems have too many scandals and shoot themselves in the foot giving the gop an opening.

    December 29, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. jaye

    Wonder if they'll wear their white hoods and robes????

    December 29, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Pat

    mc December 29th, 2008 4:25 pm ET
    Dump the "religous wrong" and then maybe people will start to listen again.
    And what do YOU offer, mc??? Please try!

    December 29, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. martinez

    I am an independent and I'm eager for the Republicans to come up with some new choices for future elections. For the past decade (or more) most of the major candidates have had to kow-tow to the religious right wing of the party, and if the Republicans continue in this fashion, I will continue to vote for Democrats until they change course. Republicans have also been ardent supporters of big business, which is now in a heap of trouble. So, if the Republican party would (please) re-invent itself – as many voters will have to do as they lose their jobs or their homes – maybe some of us will have another look come election time. Until they discontinue this toxic marriage of religion wedded to big business, I'll stick with the Democrats.
    By the way, there are churches on every corner of this country and of every imaginable denomination. Republicans – please let us learn our values from our families, our communities and our churches while our politicians commit themselves to the law, economics and diplomacy. Let's keep the two separate.

    December 29, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Tomkat

    Gonna drink some moonshine and burn some crosses while wearing sheets and pointy hoods...

    December 29, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Mike - North Carolina

    If the GOP is smart, a new generation of leadership will have to ensure that it doesn't become the "GRAND-OL-PALIN" party.

    December 29, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. Dorothy McAvoy

    The first thing the Republicans should do is get off their self serving high horse and think about the people in this country who work, who want to work, who pay taxes, who are suffering, who are sick, who are loosing their homes and jobs, who have no health insurance, who struggle with not having enough money, who have to make a decision whether to eat or fill a prescription, who look to the future with a hope and hope to God we don't have a war with Iran or Russia or China and all the other countries we have bullied for the past 8 years, who hope when they drive over a bridge it will not fall into the earth below because rebuiding Iraq was more important than rebuilding our country, who, until the past election felt their government had betrayed them, who self righteously think because you are gay or not a member of the evangelical religious group you shoul;dn't have any rights, who don't recognize they are suppose to govern ALL the people.

    Take a look, think about these past 8 years and how even when we learned that there were no WMD's and that Iraq had NOTHING to do with 9/11, we rallied around George W who knew he was going to war with that country before he entered the oval office to finish what his father couldn't do, who disregarded the deaths and injuries our brave soldiers would suffer, who put business and oil ahead of people.

    I am so incredibly glad that a change is on the way. Sadly, Obama may not be able to do everything he wants to do because of the sickening irresponsible debt Bush is leaving office with.

    If I was a member of the RNC, which up to now means "really no candidates", I would first tell Palin to stay in Alaska because we all have laughed enough at her foolishness and do some real deep soul searching.

    December 29, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Amber

    Here they come to polish old turds and put them in shiny new packaging.

    Ignorance can't survive in an information age.

    I really, truly believe that the Libertarians are set to become the next major national party.

    Buh-bye Whigs and Know Nothings.

    December 29, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Marie

    I'm a democrat who thinks the Republicans were wrong to make light of that horrible song, but I also think that all the demeaning things said about Palin were wrong too. I wonder why there was no outrage when it was women being demeaned. Both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were savaged by Obama supporters and the Obama team, but hey, they were just women, that's ok!

    December 29, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Brad

    While this has been happening in slow motion for awhile, it looks like the conservatives are finally going to make it official and try to hijack the Republican Party and make it their Republican moderates nowhere to go in the process. These ideologues would rather be ideologically pure than in power right now. They are in a mood to fight and not to compromise with others on anything. This "Barack the Magic Negro" affair is only a small example of a much larger struggle. I believe that it will ultimately be self-defeating for it will drive away the moderates and independents.

    With that said, conservatives are waiting for the left-wing extremists to shoot themselves (and the Democratic Party) in the foot...the militant gay marriage supporters, the "Code Pink" people, the environmental extremists, the militant anti-military anti-war other words, the ususal suspects. Conservatives are waiting for the moderates and independents to be repulsed by them and support the conservatives again in the next election cycle or two. This is not a far-fetched strategy for conservatives because the far left has been doing this to the Democratic Party for fact, this is the only true threat to the future dominance of the Democratic Party.

    It is going to be an interesting struggle for the soul of the Republican Party...and for the soul of the Democratic Party...over the next few years. Are the two major political parties going to be controlled by their extremists?

    December 29, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Keep Whining!

    Unprecedented meeting? More like unPRESIDENTED! Ha!

    December 29, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. Kelly Hatch

    Many people do not know that during WW2 there existed a conservative resistance group inside Nazi Germany that opposed the national socialists agenda, including the extermination of the Jews. The same analogy applies here. There does exist within the Republican party a sizable resistance to the Neocons. At the Washington state GOP convention, that resistance made up about 45% of the delegates that attended. They even pushed through a strong anti-war resolution stating that only congress has the power to declare war, congress can not give that power to the president, and no going to war over UN resolutions, etc. It is my hope that this resistance can take over the national leadership of the RNC, and sweep aside the Neocons.

    This meeting is a positive development with the intention of changing the direction of the RNC. It's chances of success are slim due to the Neocon infestation that still resides within it though. (Neocons are leftist communists that follow the teachings of Leon Trotsky). I hope they let Ron Paul attend. We need to get back to following the Constitution.

    There is only 1 thing remaining that would forever kill the RNC, and that is amnesty. If 20-30 million new socialists are allowed to vote, the RNC will never recover, and our Republic will tear itself apart, largely along ethnic lines. The predictions of a Russian scholar named Panarin will then have been proven right. I hope he is wrong.

    December 29, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    The RNC is desperate to be relevant after having their butts handed to them in the election. Look around, RNC, eight years of Bush has done it for most people. People are desperate for jobs and prosperity instead of fear mongering.

    December 29, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Mari

    As long as the Republicans continue their bullying tactics.

    Continue to spew hate, lies, fear and division.

    Continue to have Limbaugh, Hannity....... and the rest of these haters speak for them, Americans will continue to REJECT the Republican vile.

    December 29, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. Kelly

    First of all educate yourselves and learn to spell. Reading these blogs should be a must read for all 10 – 12 graders.

    Subject: What not to write like:

    Second: The Democrats use to be the Dixiecrats and did nothing for Civil Rights.

    Educate yourselves before you open mouth and put foot in.

    December 29, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Tom

    #43 failures were the straws that broke the GOP's back. Funny how his 'handlers' are already trying to rewrite history to make his term seem successful. The GOP needs to just do everything right for the next one or two terms and regroup for 2012 or 2016. Hopefully they will find some premier cadidates other than McCain or Palin.

    December 29, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Pat

    Don of Iowa December 29th, 2008 7:31 pm ET
    Just goes to show what I have always said, the GOP is nothing more than racist,

    Really? How so, Don of Iowa. Try to explain, please . . ./And what are YOU????????????

    December 29, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. I read recently that Bush can read

    that has me asking can the republicans read? maybe this will be a book burning? at least a celebration of off color songs, trashy talk show hosts like Bill and Rush and you betcha Palin

    December 29, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Mike

    As long as they continue their racist agenda, they'll never take the white house and congress majority again. The Obama song that the RNC (Racist National Committee) released is just another example of what they truly stand for.

    December 29, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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