May 20th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
14 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. Steve

    Lipstick on a pig.

    The Democrats would more accurately be labeled the "Slightly Less Corporate Party". The notion that they're socialists is absolutely laughable to anyone who actually understands the term.

    May 19, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. skip

    It's nice to see that the Republican Party is hard at work coming up with real solutions to the complex problems of the day.

    By the way, did Michael Steele and the rest of the RNC run this one past Rush first - or will they all be apologizing to him in the next few days?

    May 19, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Mike,Albany

    After presiding over the eight of the most disastrous years in America's history, this is the what the RNC is doing with its time? The RND, Mr. Steele, and the vast majority of the republican party are the sorriest bunch of losers I could evern imagine. Oh, and by the way, Mr. Steele, the time for GOP apologies is not "over" just because you say it is. The crimes of the last administration will not go away just becuase you say "it's over".

    May 19, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Tis Tis People

    You Can't Make This Stuff Up!!!!!!!!!!!!

    These People Are Loosing It Big Time!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. crow

    what a bunch of bonehead s.o.b's why dont you waste more time with crap like this

    May 19, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Chico

    Amazing. Everything time I think that the Republican Party can't be ran by nothing but stupid people, they prove me wrong!

    May 19, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. What apology?

    For the party that increased government more than anyone else in 40 years, year after year passed record deficit spending, and repeatedly voted in favor of no-questions-asked bailouts for AIG (since 2005, when they still controlled the Congress) they sure seem comfortable lecturing others about socialism!

    May 19, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Steve in NY

    I appreciate the historic nature of Obama and everything but daggone it I need some money so I can feed my family. The only place to get a job anymore is the government and I just feel like there is something wrong with that, in my heart. Maybe in four years we can get somebody good in there.

    May 19, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. Cystem Phailure

    What a bunch of name-calling, crying babies the GOP have become.

    May 19, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Nathaniel

    I would be embarrassed to be a Republican right now.

    May 19, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Kelley in TX

    And that's the extent of the RNC's ideas.

    May 19, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. James from TN

    I don't see how they can call it socialism when over half the country agrees with Obama. The party of "no" just are looking for anything to regain power.

    May 19, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. m smith

    No wonder we are in a mess . This is what they spend their time on. ???

    May 19, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. ScottinSATX

    You have got to be kidding me! We are in a recession, and this is a priority for the Republican party. Wow! Talk about misplaced priorities. I guess no one should be surprised they are in the position they are in. Get a grip!

    May 19, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Irene

    Wow, the GOP is a mess. We are in the middle of the biggest crisis in this country since the Great Depression and these idiots are wasting time on this resolution. This is why we need another party because I can never ever vote for a GOP again even though the Dems are no bargain. My conscience just won't allow it. They gotta go!

    May 19, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. Aaron

    Is this the Repub's idea of being helpful again in straightening out the mess that they caused?

    May 19, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Marge

    Maybe democrats should propose a resolution to call the Republican Party

    Republican Nazi Party. After all the believe in soaking the poor and middle class to give to the rich and big business. They believe in torture. They believe in starting wars and ruining countries. All in all Republican Nazi Party sound sort fair.

    May 19, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. GaryNOVA

    So what was it called when Bush started the bailouts. It was his administration's idea wasn't it? Its amazing that on January 19, 2009 it was neccessary for the good of the country, and on January 20, 2009 its socialism. Is anyone really that blind?

    May 19, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. tommy perkins

    serious. LMAO. this has now got down to schoolyard politics nany nany boo boo. your a booboo head. HEHE

    May 19, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. k

    I propose that the GOP call themselves the "Republican Dumb-ass Party".

    May 19, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. P. Y.

    WOW ! They really are " whacko's " I have no idea how anyone in their right mind can be a member of that party. Worse yet, how can anyone even think of voting for them ?

    May 19, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Newt

    I propose that the GOP call themselves the "off the hook hip hop black pasty white Palin's lacy undies and Rush" party. That'll get votes.

    May 19, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. David

    I wonder when they will be voting on who is responsible for washing the sheets, and if the crosses should be painted before they are burned. This is a clear indication that the Republican Party is really nothing but a holding place for out nations extremist, hate and war mongers. But it's needed so we know where they are.

    May 19, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. Dan

    Welcome back Senator McCarthy. Let the good times roll.

    May 19, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. Aaron B.

    I love Jim Greers open expressions! It's almost as immature as little kids in a club house passing a motion, to refer to all the other members of a different club house as "Icky sticky smelly heads!" when every they see them.
    I am . . . I am . . . dumbfounded

    May 19, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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