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. Popcicle

    So, as the President addresses the issues confronting our country, the GOP is debating how to effectrively wage a war of name calling. Keep it up guys.

    May 19, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. Drew

    Continue the name calling. Continue the demonizing. The WHOLE country is watching the GOP behave like snot-nosed, 6-year old brat of a child

    May 19, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. independent newsjunkie, nj

    Why invest all this time and energy on a resolution that could not possibly ever have any practical effect? Their constituents would be better served by spending every available minute developing policy and plans of action than petty name-calling.

    May 19, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Sanford

    So, this is what the GOP is wasting their time on? Apparently, there are no pressing problems in America?

    May 19, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Ted Tartaglia

    The Republics can't seem to agree on the best way to self destruct. Perhaps they should debate whether they should rename the Republic party to the Republic Fascist Party of the Fascist Republic Party; either would be a good choice. Isn't it fun watching idiots play?

    May 19, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. Republican not buying it..

    This is exactly why I have left the republican party – they are no longer relevant with today's issues that affect my me and my family.

    May 19, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. Sarah

    The GOP strategy to make the party in power change its name is a surefire way to keep the status quo. Keep up the good work!

    May 19, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Jim B.

    The very fact that such an absurd debate is even being held is a textbook case example of the intellectual bankruptcy and irrelevance of the modern Republican party. The day is not far away when the RNC will be able to meet comfortably in a phone booth.

    May 19, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Will

    Also, perhaps Mr. Norcross should move to Alabama, Utah, or Alaska, where he'd feel more at home. We don't want you up here! GET OUT.

    May 19, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. buddy

    So this is the best they can do? Their constituents begged them to start talking about ideas and they want to waste time and energy calling Dems names. I think I will start a petition asking the DNC to start calling Repubs the "Anglo-Christian Extremists Coalition". Oh wait, the DNC is busy working on real problems.....

    May 19, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. hongli

    RNC-- Racial National Creatures.

    May 19, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. A member of the voting block that will shape America for the next 50 years

    Could the GOP be anymore desperate and pathetic? How about spending more energy focusing on my most Americans think you suck and less on petty name calling? Reagan in spinning in his grave at this embarrassment of a political party.

    May 19, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Ask not what big business can do for you but what can you do for big business

    How about them republicans! are they going to change their name to the Coalition of Conservative Socialists ? C.C.S. that fits them very well since Bush and Paulson basically socialized Wall Street and the banking industry with tax payer funds last fall.

    May 19, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. republicans hate america

    thats all the rush limbaugh party has bumper sticker slogans

    May 19, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. Sean

    How come its not totally foolish to call the democrats socialists but it is to call the GOP facists. Dont get me wrong they are both stupid statements but I dont see the DNC doing the same childish name calling

    May 19, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. Carl Justus

    The republicans are so stupid they cannot even find out what they believe and and they are going to tell others what they believe???????

    Republican stupidity has reached a new low.

    May 19, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Joe the Troll

    It's still just a bunch of whining and crying in lieu of actually trying to solve anything.

    May 19, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Ken in Mt

    Does this mean that we will not be seeing the Republican/ Fascist party? so much for truth in American politics.

    May 19, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. big daddy

    AH !!!! The party of NO is at it again..You people just don't get it ..

    May 19, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Andrew

    Should Dems go ahead and try to rename the GOP to "Bigot Small Government Rednecks" or something along those lines? It's really embarrassing that adults that are supposed to be running the government are engaged in this kind of low brow mud slinging. Get a life David Norcross.

    May 19, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. Bill

    These nuts are now disintegrating into complete madness. I love it. Very entertaining.

    May 19, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. hozo2006

    It would be more pragmatic for them to rename their own party The Republican Obsolete Party or The Morons of the Republican Party ... either way they are fading in to the sunset ... maybe they should tackle real issues by working WITH the Democrats instead of being totally absurd

    May 19, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Streetsmart

    First it was Barack the Magic Negro... Next the Democratic Socialist Party! Maybe the resolution should have read more appropriately “The GOP Bunch of Clowns final March into Idiot-ism”!

    What a bunch of friggin idiots..

    May 19, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. abraxis

    Does Norcross know what Socialism is? It is not what the defunct Soviet Union or China or Cuba or Korea practiced. What they practiced and are practicing is called state controlled capitalism. Socialism is a latter stage of capitalism that takes into consideration of the working poor and to eliminate poverty.

    Fear mongering goes a long way when addressing those who don't know enough.

    May 19, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Jason

    So this is what the Republicans are spending their time on while the Democratic Socialists do all the work? What a useless party the GOP has begun. Reagan must be turning in his grave.

    May 19, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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