May 20th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
13 years ago

RNC showdown over 'socialist' resolution may be avoided

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/18/art.getty.steele.rnc.jpg caption="Steele is against a resolution renaming the Democratic Party.'"]OXON HILL, Maryland (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee appear to have reached a compromise that would let GOP leaders avoid a possible dispute over a controversial resolution that calls on Democrats to re-name their party the "Democrat Socialist party."

Steele has come out against the resolution, calling it "not an appropriate way to express our views on the issues of the day." One of Steele's allies on the committee, Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer, told CNN the resolution is "stupid" and "ridiculous."

However, New Jersey committeeman David Norcross, one of the sponsors of the resolution, told CNN the language is being massaged so that Steele and others on the committee will be more receptive.

"The language is being changed so that the proposers and chairman Steele are on the same page," Norcross said.

He said that as of Tuesday afternoon, the chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on Resolutions had changed the language to "condemn the Democrats' march to socialism" instead of "talking about the 'Democrat Socialist' party."

The change was made, Norcross said, so that members "wouldn't have to fight about it, and I think everybody agreed."

Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus, another Steele ally, expressed confidence the proposal will be tweaked in the resolution committee, and that it should pass without issue.

"My prediction is that things are going to be very smooth tomorrow," Priebus said. "But at the end of the day, it's up the resolutions committee."


Filed under: Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. New Day

    hehehe awwww The Repubs are gonna pass a resolution all by themselves... lets put the resolution on our fridge where we can all see it,

    May 19, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. jenn

    Well, that's certainly a good use of their time. Wouldn't want them to expend effort on silliness like coming up with alternative policy proposals. Namecalling is so much more likely to stimulate the economy!

    May 19, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    I wonder if the Democrats came out with the name Republican Racist Party if the GOP would be happy about that.

    May 19, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Lesley Anne

    What? The Repubs want to rename the Democratic party? Is this for real? Okay, only if the Repubs rename themselves the GOParty of No.

    May 19, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. liz

    Wow, that is the stupidest thing I have ever earned. Every single Republican should have to take a mandatory class in which they learn the definition of the word SOCIALIST, since they obviously have no clue what it means.

    May 19, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Steele has come out against the resolution, calling it "not an appropriate way to express our views on the issues of the day." "

    I have to admit: that's quite possibly the most sensical thing I've heard him say EVER. If you can say nothing else...Mushmouth is full of suprises.

    May 19, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "the language is being massaged so that Steele and others on the committee will be more receptive."

    And that's just about what I would have expected for a response. Keep fantasizing and "massaging it" guys while the rest of us go on about the business of living in reality.

    May 19, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Geez

    Michael Steele continues to chase his own tail. The GOP as a whole continues to walk backwards.

    Tell me again WHY are we surprised by any of their theatrics?

    May 19, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Lexie

    The Republicans are now circling the drain. I hoep they never come to the surface again!

    May 19, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Kent

    They were considering a vote pn a name-calling resolution? Now that's leadership, don't you think?

    May 19, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Is it ok to call em Red Diaper Doper babies?

    May 19, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Voter

    Oh, please. Michael Steele, get a life.

    May 19, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Greg

    Jeeez!!!!! The Republicans want to reform the party. Ironically they use Gingrich to call Pelosi a liar. WOW!!!! My question is: who is the worst liar, Gingrich or Pelosi?

    May 19, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    ...and the Republican Party could be renamed the National Socialist Party, with a certain pudgy talk show host as der F├╝hrer.

    May 19, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. HAWK, TEXAS

    Very stupid of the republicans. they are a ship with out a rudder. they are doing nothing for the country. just blasting the democrats instead of working to restore the honor to america that they and bush destroyed. we all know that G.O.P. stands for greedy old perverts. and now they are spelling it republiKKKan.

    May 19, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Salvadore

    The Democrat Socialist Party??
    Sure, and while we're at it how about The Republican Fascist Party!

    May 19, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. just how stupid are these people?

    this is so unbelievably stupid – even for the republicans

    May 19, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Mike in Vancouver

    Just WHY are they wasting time on something as stupid as this? Is this really a party that is capable of leading a country? The GOP is sinking to ridiculous lows

    May 19, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. jeremy

    The RNC has officially lost their mind. Maybe we should call the RNC the "elitist, greedy, war mongoring, fear preaching and only care for rich white people party"?

    May 19, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. Bill

    How about the republican party being renamed the Incompetent party? We've certainly proved ourselves as such.

    May 19, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. Publius

    I guess, if we didn't have are hands full with fixing all the damage the Reps inflicted on the country, we could pass a resolution that they rename themselves as "the Republican Torture Party."

    Nah. We are not that nasty.

    May 19, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. Harvey for Obama

    What Republicans better do is change the Republican Party if they ever want to get in power again.

    May 19, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Jayden,FL

    I think the Republican Party should start thinking about changing its name to the Party of No....
    Party ID
    (R)- 39%
    (D)-53%

    HAHA

    May 19, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. Surly Scholar

    So apparently now it's just RNC policy that if they disagree with something, they just yell "socialism!"

    Then again, it behooves the RNC to go with what they know. I guess wrongfully applying the same word over and over regardless of context works if you're trying to rally a really ignorant base... and boy are they ever.

    May 19, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. J.L.

    So this is what the GOP comes down to...? Name calling? Wow... once the GOPers get out of elementary school, then maybe they may start becoming a viable party.

    May 19, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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