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

RNC showdown over 'socialist' resolution may be avoided

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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."

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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Glenn C.

    What a typically Republican thing to do. I thought grown ups would be more concerned with the American People, but I guess their Republican constituents prefer for them to think up derrogatory names for the opposing party. Carl Rove will be pleased.

    May 19, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  2. Charles

    Is this all the Republicans have? Having already declared they are finished apologizing for their inability to govern, all they have to offer in the way of issues is negotiating over what form of juvenile name-calling they will adopt?

    May 19, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. Bertina

    What is the problem with these republicans? I think they all need their heads examined. They have been elected to do a job and all they do is waste their time spinning about the democrats. Don't they have constituents to take care of? It is time for them to grow up!!!!!

    May 19, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Philadelphia, PA

    Only if we can rename the party of Rush the "Republican Fascist Party".


    May 19, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  5. Randy S.


    May 19, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. Happy Lady

    Are they totally insane?

    May 19, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. daniels

    Yeah, dumb idea. Let the media pundits do the bashing. The American voter is looking for solutions.

    May 19, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Are the Republicans for real? They are supposed to be working for the American people and they spend their time doing this? And they are being paid right? If we did this at work how long till we are fired?

    May 19, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. chris--las vegas, nv

    so the republican party's solution to our current economic and foreign policy crises is to fine tune precisely which name they want to call the democrats? well done.

    May 19, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  10. Joshua College Station Texas

    "condemn the Democrats' march to socialism"


    How about the Republicans' march away from meritocracy and toward corporatocracy and fascism?

    May 19, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. The Unshrub

    Calling the Democrats socialists is just trash talk to incite their base because their base is too ignorant to have a clue what socialism is all about and it keeps republicans from talking about the real issues.

    May 19, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  12. Sick of name calling

    Oh please. Grow up. Should the RNC be renamed the Republican Fascist Party in kind. Bunch of babies – it is so old, that it's hard to believe they aren't even tired of the tantrums.

    May 19, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. Mike Cooper

    I cannot believe grown men and women are debating something like this. Does the motion call for a writ of "Nyah, nyah, hyah!!" too? I thought "freedom fries" was as ridiculously worst as it could get. GROW UP REPUBLICANS!

    May 19, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. bill

    sticks and stones may break my bones
    but names will never hurt me–


    How about the Republican Anti-Social Party??

    May 19, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. Steve

    And this will help me find a job how????

    May 19, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  16. Bernard

    I really wish the GOP would just grow up a little. Instead of spinning time trying to mock the Democratic Party, they need to spend time coming up with alternative solutions to make us better as a country, this is really starting to get real sad, real quick.

    May 19, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  17. bill

    moderate to what?? Is trying to call the Democratic Party Socialist
    when 99% of the Republin Party could not define Socialist
    if questioned immoderate?

    May 19, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  18. Ad West

    The GOP are a bunch of whiners. In recent history, their party has brought our country closer to socialism than any other party or person. They should rename the GOP: R.I.P.

    May 19, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. Matt

    more banal stupidity from republicans.

    May 20, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. V.K. Viswanathan

    The economy is in free-fall, people are losing their homes and their jobs, 10000 people have a flu which might get worse, our soldiers are still fighting wars on two fronts, Pakistan is spiraling out of control, and Iran may have a nuclear weapon.........

    .....and the best the RNC can came up with is a new name for the Democratic party? Boy, this party sure needs religion.

    May 20, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. PATBOM

    Republicans are really busy solving the country's problems!!! 🙂

    May 20, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  22. Steve J, Michigan

    This is so lame, who cares what the GOP says or thinks... They have such credible people to talk about what the Dems/country have voted to do....I wonder what political brand should be given to the GOP? The Republican lame party..

    May 20, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  23. Roberto Gutierrez

    Lame. Do they not have anything better to spend their time on?

    May 20, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  24. Richard

    What a waste of time. The Republican party has become irrelevant and pathetic.

    May 20, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. MitchNY

    This is ridiculous...

    May 20, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
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