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. Susan

    One more thing....there was CPAC, this, another Republican powwow you guys ever do any work? Or is your fulltime job condemning anything not Republican?

    May 19, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. Kevin Cantu

    There not Republicans...there new name is the Limbaugh Party....or just call them Limbaugh's(L) it stands for it fits in perfectly with them...

    May 19, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Scott from St. Charles

    This coming from a bunch of nationalist that want everyone to goose step to their tune!!!

    May 19, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Steven

    Complete idocracy has corrupted the minds of the GOP. They should rebrand themselves the New Nazi Party. Since they are content on running concentration camps and torture. Tell us Americans how we should think and if we differ from the GOP line we are branded socialists. Nothing is more un-American than a clash of differing ideas in order to successfully govern a diverse nation.

    May 19, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Tom

    Please do it...Call them dirty pinko Democrats just what they are. leftist, socialist communists....and while you are throwing out the Joe McCarthyisms, remember that is what killed the Republican party in the late 50's and is killing it today.

    May 19, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. alvino

    The democrats march to socialism includes the socialistic efforts of Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, and Li'l Bush. Just another indication that the republicans are not yet ready to become significant.

    May 19, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Laura

    Sure, rename it, fine with me. Right after they rename the RNC the Republican Facist Party.

    May 19, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. Frank Lee

    This is all the nearly extinct GOP thinks it has to worry about?

    Boy, are they in trouble – self-induced, which makes it even sweeter.

    May 19, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. ariveria

    and the republicans should change their name to republican fascist party.

    so why was it ok for us to torture al qaeda and not ok for north viet nam to torture mccain

    May 19, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. alvino

    If the repubs take away some of our socialistic programs, like the military, social security, medicare, police departments, education and all forms of government, somehow, we will then be better off?

    May 19, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Greg Pirlot

    Sure. They can name a party that they have nothing to do with or have any control over....if they themselves rename their party the "Republican Nazi Party."

    May 19, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Dave in Altmar

    Once again, the Republican Party shows it has absolutely no clue why they can claim a mere 21% of the population.

    Keep up the great work!

    May 19, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Theo

    Let's not miss the main idea; we are headed down the path of Socialism. That is indisputable. While Anderson Cooper belittles Tea Party goers, the WH and Congress are taking his way of life right out from under his arrogant nose.

    May 19, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Bernard

    How does this even rate as a priority for the GOP right now? Instead of debating meaningless semantics the "Party of Reagan" should be doing its job as the loyal opposition: curbing the excesses of a rival party that controls both legislative houses and the executive branch. Instead they're giving us "Freedom Fries" part deux.

    May 19, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. inuk of the north

    What else could you call a government that owns auto-making, insurance and banking companies, has added tens of thousands to the civil service and has siphoned money out of the next generation to spend on more social programs?

    Seriously – could you call this anything but socialism?

    May 19, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. ron

    I can hardly wait to read the blogs on this one.

    May 19, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Carmen

    It should tell you something about the Republican party that they're arguing amongst themselves about something so stupid. They really aren't working at all to offer the public a good alternative to the Democrats, are they? What morons.

    May 19, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. lived9lives

    The Democrats "MARCH" to socialism? Are they going to sing "On ward Christian Soldiers as they parade this militaristic, archaic moniker around the media? Haven't they figured out this position is being shredded by the hippie, leftist, commie', bloggers all across this country? Oh well, at least they are doing something even if it is a game of Lingo.

    May 19, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. Curtis

    Morons. What can anybody say about that. Morons. Thanks for all your help Republicans. No, really thanks.

    May 19, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. Juge

    Idiots one and all! I think what you are doing, to my great amusement, is TORTURING each other! Way to go you good OLD BOYS!

    May 19, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Rob

    But thats exactly what they are, solcialists.

    May 19, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. C Spurgeon

    They aren truly idiots. Will never be part of that party again and look only for moderates to vote for. The country needs to move to the center and leave the idiots both right and left outside.

    May 19, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Michael

    Why didn't they call Bush a socialist when he argued for billions of dollars for banks last year, HMMM??

    May 19, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. David in West Virginia

    Yes, and they can rename the Republican Party to the Facist Torturers Party.

    May 19, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Ghandigee

    If the Republicans propose a name change for the Democrats will they relabel themselves the Republican Nazi Party?

    May 19, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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