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. Nathan

    So instead of offering alternative ideas, they choose to obstruct those offering them. Instead of helping the country get back on track, they choose to attack those working on it. And now instead of reflecting on the state of their party they choose to rename the other one? What are these people smoking?

    May 20, 2009 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  2. John M.

    America has been Socialist for a long time, ever since FDR!

    Time for America to step up and own it. WE ARE SOCIALIST. We take the rich and redistribute the wealth to the poor. That is the definition of Socialism!

    May 20, 2009 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  3. Jeffrey in Marietta, GA

    "When I say a word, it means exactly what I want it to mean" – Humpty Dumpty, "Through the Looking Glass".

    Socialism means a specific thing. It does not mean what you want it to mean, Mr. Norcross.

    May 20, 2009 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. Cato

    I wonder if the Democratic Party should be calling on the GOP to rename ITSELF as......The Republican Nazi Party!
    Because over the last 8 years....the GOP would have made Adolf Hitler proud to know that his way of governing did not die with him!

    May 20, 2009 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  5. Rick

    I honestly can't believe that these people still count themselves as trying to help the American people. This is one of the most childish things I've seen them do, and that is stacked against renaming food (freedom fries?)

    May 20, 2009 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  6. Daniel

    Repugnants are just to scared to show their true colors.

    May 20, 2009 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  7. Jerry Traylor

    This is laughable. With all that is wrong with the country, this is the best these guys can come up with. My heart breaks because the country really needs a viable alternative to some of what is being proposed today. Unfortunately, a lot of the leadership in the Republican Party just doesn't get it. People want viable policy alternatives, not name calling.

    May 20, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. DougDC

    Are these people really this stupid? What a joke the GOP has become. Sad

    May 20, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  9. Adam in TX

    Good job republicans. While the democrats (aka "socialists") are working hard to try and fix the mess your party largely created... you know, actually DO SOME WORK... you are wasting time on name-calling – literally. Good job indeed. Good luck with your "rebranding" Your entire leadership is pathetic.

    May 20, 2009 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  10. Theo

    This is more of that BS adversarial stuff. Hell, if Steele is coming out against it the rest of the Republicans should drop it. If they persist, though, the Democrats should fire back with their own little piece of stupid. This is all that these parties seem to be good at now.

    May 20, 2009 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  11. LCK

    How about we change the name of the Republican Party to the Bankrupt Party - as in their ideas and their thinking are bankrupt, void, nada, zilch. This is beyond riduculous, next after the name calling it will be nana, nana, booboo.

    May 20, 2009 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  12. Sarah

    The current Reublican party prove themslves, yet again, to be a party of petty idiiots more interested in stupid stunts than real solutions.

    May 20, 2009 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  13. Janice

    Might as well be named a socialist . . . they are acting like it.

    May 20, 2009 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  14. Charles

    Shouldn't these people actually be DOING SOMETHING in Congress instead of grandstanding?????

    May 20, 2009 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  15. Richard Larson

    Why do things in half-measures? We Democrats will agree to call ourselves Progressive Democrats if Republicans will call themselves what they really are... Fascists!

    May 20, 2009 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  16. Michael in Ventura,CA

    The Party of NO is still the same- no vision-just hate. The fact that this was even considered says so much about THEM!

    May 20, 2009 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  17. Jim Doyle

    How about calling them the Republic Stupid Party?

    May 20, 2009 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  18. David Newport, OR

    Like they don't have ANYTHING better to do but name call? Sad but true. This is the Republican party at its finest...are you proud fellow republicans?

    May 20, 2009 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  19. Aaron Paulley

    Why is it that true card-carrying Socialists say, over and over, Obama's plans are not Socialism? Can Republicans get over this crap so they can start addressing the issues instead of mislabeling it?

    May 20, 2009 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  20. A Rogers

    When will they be changing the GOP to the Grand Old Fascist Party?

    May 20, 2009 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  21. Jennifer B

    Wow, just wow, you Repubs keep up the great work offering positive energy and solutions to help fix this country. Even if Obama turned into another Bush (doubt that's even possible), I wouldn't vote for you guys. I'd find some Independent or Liberterian to support.

    May 20, 2009 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  22. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    This is just simply bizarre.

    May 20, 2009 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  23. mike,texas

    The lost republican party, instead of finding themselves, they are wasting time with finding labels for the democratic party of the people.You can call the majority party every name in the book,but their still the majority party.

    May 20, 2009 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  24. Bob from Missouri

    This is just shear nonsense, this latest version of the republican part, just nonsense.

    May 20, 2009 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  25. not happy

    i hate this guy

    May 20, 2009 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
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