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. Big Ed

    Of all the things that need the immediate attention of our elected officials and this is what they are spending their time on? And they wonder why they are on the verge of irrelevence.

    May 19, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. Lowell

    I condemn the the Republicans' march to dictatorship as well as can speak intelligently about the Republican Dictatorial party.

    May 19, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Charles H

    Let's see, every citizen in Alaska receives THOUSANDS of dollars from the Oil Companies.

    Is this not Socialism?

    Every member of Congress gets FREE Health Care – the best in the World, compliments of the Taxpayers.

    Is this not Socialism?

    May 19, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Yarg Matie

    Steele = RNC talking head. Nothing more.

    Now lets watch the Republican cheerleaders froth at the mouth!

    May 19, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Mike in Oahu

    Is the GOP really this insane now?

    May 19, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Earl

    This ploy is more GOP nonsense: we may be bad but the Democrats are worse. Calling the other party names may provide a protest poster slogan, but it will do nothing to help regain political power.

    May 19, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. gl, Pittsburgh

    Why do the Repubicans party bring out the worst in people.

    May 19, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Kumar


    This is the kind of stuff you'd expect coming from the misinformed voters before elections, but from sitting senators and congressmen? Here's a not-so-bold's going to be a great decade for the libertarians.

    May 19, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. Curtis in WI

    Whose turn is it to try to explain to the republicans, yet again, what socialism is and why their buzzword definition is so far from being factually correct?

    Seriously, whose turn?

    May 19, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. No Hope

    Repubs are so BLIND, I'm a Repub and been saying that the Dems are Socialist for years, but the Status Quo REpubs ears are full of peanut butter and they do not listen to their constituents, thats why the Repubs are n trouble.

    May 19, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    But it's perfectly reasonable to "condemn the Democrats' march to socialism." And most Democrats do seem to tending toward socialism...

    May 19, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Seattle

    That is ridiculous. Next the Dems will want it called the "Republican Fascist" Party. I wish both sides would stop brining up these petty issues and focus on fixing is this country, that's what we have hired them to do. Any that don’t should be voted out of office.

    May 19, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. chelseafran

    How totally ridiculous can these people get? They should be ashamed–but that would be asking far too much, apparently.

    May 19, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. Steve in Plano

    Oh, please don't change it. Let everyone see what useless, obstructionist, clueless, irrelevant people you are. Just when you think these morons have hit the bottom of incompentence, they keep digging.

    May 19, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Forget socialism....

    it's closer to Communism because the administration wants to take over and run the banks and car companies. The state plans to take control of American business and that's Communism.

    May 19, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. JFK

    Gee, imagine that. Republicans getting desperate and having to resort to name calling once again. Shouldnt these RNC members be doing their actual jobs instead of name calling? I think we have more pressing issues to deal with.

    May 19, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. PAC

    RNC = Republican No Committee.

    May 19, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. GOP Who?

    These people have nothing better to talk about? And they wonder why they are irrelevant right now.

    May 19, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Mike Kaplan

    Are these Republicans in, like, third grade? The "Democrat Socialist Party"? Are they serious? On a similar note, I move that we start calling the Republican party the "Republic of Stupid-heads nyeah nyeah nyah nyeah nyeah Party"

    May 19, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. Paul

    What kind of bizarre reverse psychology is this? Clearly no serious party would want the voters thinking it is wasting time and money on frivolous nonsense during the worst economic downturn in decades. They can't be this out of tune with society. What's the end game?

    May 19, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Jim K

    I think that most of these republican clowns are stupid and rediculous. They can't seem to learn from their own mistakes.

    May 19, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Susan

    And the point is what? To fire up the little remaining base again? That worked so well in November for you guys. And by the way, the economy is slowly (as promised) coming back. The torturers are slowly being held accountable. The US is regaining its place in the world. Calling Democrats names is childish as well as stupid. Guess we'll have to kick some more Republicans out in 2010 before they actually understand that they are irrelevant.

    May 19, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. RoadKill

    I want ideas... NOT name calling..... Makes us look foolish.

    May 19, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. caron

    The Republicans are clueless - that's why they lost the election! Just clueless!

    May 19, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. m

    If this story is an accurate reflection to what is being discussed at the RNC, it is disturbing and absurd. Why not focus on current challenges and provide solutions? This is a sideshow.

    May 19, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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