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. Gallimimus

    Are they gonna have a gathering on how they can be more racist and stupid?

    December 29, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Rick

    Tired of the circular firing squad? Hoping for a fair election process? Who would have guessed that Republicans were capable of acting like anything other than sheep after the past 8 years.

    December 29, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. obama-mama

    There is evil afoot...

    December 29, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. antillian

    World image of the RNC = A white guy driving a pick up truck with gun rack in the back with a rebel flag draped over anything and a bible somewhere in the glove compartment. Or the cowboy with the drilling platforms in the background smoking. Now ask anybody in the states if any of these fit their own profile and you would get a 98% resounding NO. The sad fact is this is what the RNC has made the world believe that this is "The real America"

    December 29, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. MikeH

    Time to purge the hive.

    I wonder if they'll bring along a guillotine to behead all the heretics in their party, those who believe in science, interracial marriage, Jeffersonian Democracy, etc.

    All freedom-loving people should vigorously protest outside the meeting place. These facists wanted to set up a police state and arrest without warrant anyone who they viewed as a threat to their power.

    December 29, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Andrew

    Saltzman would be the perfect choice for the GOP chairman right now. And Ron Paul would destroy our economy overnight. This guy is all about himself and would not bend over to give his dying mother a helping hand.

    December 29, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. walleye

    Now that the REPS have lost the vote and the confidence of the American people they are trying to resurect themselves. TOO LATE. Unless they change their antiquated mindset.

    December 29, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Jason

    The RNC is on its deathbed but has no one to blame but itself.

    Some Americans who once embraced the RNC need another party to voice their opinion. The Palin's and Saltzman's of this party are creating a civil war appealing to the simple minded.

    I would love to see a party come out headed by Powell, Portman, Rice, and other rationals who believe in and ac upon what the Republican Party once stood for.

    December 29, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Greg

    I'm with Charles Shaw. I've been a lifelong supporter of the Republican party (its principles that is, not necessarily its candidates) but those days are officially over. The Republican party has drifted further and further away from its principles and George W. put the final nail in the coffin. I will never again vote for a Republican candidate. It's time for the Libertarians to step up to the plate and be what the Republicans ought to be.

    December 29, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |



    December 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Lisa in Ga

    The RNC need to meet to discuss how to change their moral values. The Republican party has went down in flames 🙂

    December 29, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Marvin

    Stick a fork in it. The old GOP is done. Toast. Kaput. The divisive politics and negative campaigning pioneered by Atwater (may he and his guitar rest in peace) and sharpened by Rove, as well as the discredited supply-side economic theory, were the GOP's bedrock. But the bedrock has crumbled, thanks to the disastrous Bush years and a Republican agenda hijacked by social conservatives and big spenders.

    The traditional Republican values of smaller government, personal responsibility and lower taxes have been crushed under the heavy boot of the Bush administration; an administration which oversaw, among other things, huge increases in government size and spending, a bloated bureaucracy, a privacy-destroying Patriot Act and a borrow-and-spend policy that will keep our great-grandchildren paying the price.

    If the once-proud GOP is to ever have any hope of gaining traction with the American public, they are going to have to free themselves of the shackles of the last eight years.

    December 29, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Robert, Houston, TX

    unless distancing themselves from the religious right is on the agenda, this party is doomed for failure. i only voted for two parties this year: democrat and libertarian. the party, much like its base, is aging and dying.

    December 29, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. GiroGeezer, Calif.

    Nick The Photographer December 29th, 2008 1:08 pm ET
    Be very afraid America… evil is stirring.
    Ohh, to be a fly on the wall at that meeting!

    December 29, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Seattle Sue

    The RNC is going down the drain with all the other crap! Good riddence.

    December 29, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Sherrol in Canada

    Send in the clowns........

    December 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Denise

    The Republican party had better hurry and find someone that can get past the racists (Chip Salzman anyone?), evangelical right wing nutjobs and wealthy corporate elites to represent them or they can kiss goodbye any chance of ever winning a national election again! (Angry Republican that voted for Obama)

    December 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I hope this is one of those "sting" operations where they lure the culprits to a single location under false pretenses and then arrest them all. I'd like to see all of those guys doing the "frog march" out of there!

    December 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. MooseGoose

    Belatedly, some Repubs are finally realizing that racist jokes actually not funny. The leading candidate to take over their party sends all his pals a copy of "Barack the Magic Negro" and is now very confused because other Repubs are disavowing it.

    Too little too late. GOP: good riddance.

    December 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Obvious

    I guess when you offend almost every black person in the nation with the song, 'Obama the magic Negro' and then follow that up by offending every Spanish speaking American with 'The Star Spanglish Banner', it's time for an emergency meeting.

    Oh, and for the fiscally responsible party that just ran our entire economy off a cliff and a President that brought peace to the Middle East demonstrated by all the shoe throwing going on directed directly at him or an effigy of him, they certainly need a new image.

    I don't think they'll go the Libertarian route though, seeing as how that would inhibit the government from bailing out all Bush's rich friends and cronies in the financial sector.

    Whatever will they do? All those rich old white bigots will be dead in a few years and who will take their place?

    I always see comments from folks here ready to lead the charge, but they usually can't spell or use any kind of recognizable grammar so it might be difficult for them to govern. The real question is, will there be enough stupid, bigoted people in the future to support a racist party? I hope not.

    December 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Da Professor

    We have had 8 years of declining GOP leadership under Bush and Cheney and their ideological draft dodging friends from the far right.

    These people have led us into disaster with their idiotic ideas, racist, comments, blantant lies, roaring hypocrisy, and juvenile arrogance. The next sound you hear will be the flushing of the Republican Party down the toilet of history if this right-wing extremism continues.

    All you had to do was watch and listen to the fanatics attending the Mccain and Palin campaign speeches. Obama was described as a Marxist, an Arab, Unpatriotic, an Islamic Extremist, and other stupid crap.

    I want my Party back. Shove those right-wing liars out the door!

    December 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. CH in Maine

    Hey here's an idea:
    Stop treating people who don't act exactly like you un- American.

    Fire that idiot who made up the Puff the Magic Dragon parody.

    In short: Democrats learned how to organize by watching you- you should watch us for a lesson on inclusion.

    December 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Clifford Vegas

    Time for a third party – time to get real and get religion out of politics; to build a conservative platform that focuses on real issues that matter to all Americans.

    December 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. EW

    Hey, CNN. 18 > 16!

    Its good to see all of the complacent Democrats taking cheap shots becaue it means tehy aren't ready for the fight of their lives in 2010.

    December 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    what a pack of desperate LOSERS..... If that boob Palin is the best they got we can be looking at decades of Dems in DC... YAY

    December 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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