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. Brian from Tampa Bay, FL

    Anyting that the RNC or Michael Steele or for that matter any republican does or thinks nowadays is just stupid. Just remember you had your time to solve the problems but you blew it! Now its the other guys turn. All you have to do is just shut up and sit down and keep your mouth shut!

    May 19, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    How does Republican Fascist Party sound?

    May 19, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Schalaine Ellisor

    This is the best the Republicans can come up with? A crating economy, health care, two wars, global warming, .... What a waste of time!!! Republicans will you lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. Times are too serious for the trival crap!!

    May 19, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. jmhuntin

    These people are truly barking up the wrong tree. Let them keep doing stupid things to hang on to that increasingly smaller voting base of theirs.

    May 19, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. David

    If only these idiots knew what socialism actually means.

    May 19, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Polly

    I would call them "The Lets Take Down America Party."

    May 19, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Merten Bangemann-Johnson

    What an interesting discussion in the Republican Party. Rather than focussing on developing solid forward looking policies and providing an alternative to the Democratic Party, the RNC is caught in a battle of semantics. The only term I can think of fitting this behavior is reactionary.

    May 19, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Was Red

    We're fighting two Republican initiated wars, struggling to resuscitate an economy that the Republicans eviscerated, and succumbing to the weight of a budget deficit that the Republicans happily sponsored, and the RNC is debating what to call the Democrats? You'd think they had better things to do than that???? That's why I'm an independent now...

    May 19, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. COL Guy Howerton

    Do those idiots not have more pressing issues than this ridiculous piece of fluff? I'm no liberal, but I think wasting time on "spit in your face" legislation is a waste of the taxpayers' money!

    May 19, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. VOTER

    The Republican Party is a COPY CAT they are DESPERATELY TRYING to MIMIC the Democrats especially the President. They DO NOT HAVE any FRESH IDEAS OF THEIR OWN.

    May 19, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. steve

    This is what the Republicans have become. The party of no ideas, just the party of name calling. Pathetic. As a Democrat I actually feel embarrassed for them.

    May 19, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Ken

    "Stupid" and "Ridiculous" doesn't even begin to describe this junior high school move.

    May 19, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. blake

    Republicans have lost the vote, their way and their minds! What a bunch of angry old rich white people.

    May 19, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. TheBlueOne

    When the Republicans get back to reality, then they can start rebuilding their party. They're obviously not there yet.

    May 19, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. Michael

    And yet the Republicans still looks like name-slinging babies.

    May 19, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Eric Roberts

    Does that mjean the republicans will start calling themselves the Republican Nazi party? Corporatism is Fascism and Republicans are defintiely corporatists. Fair is fair. I would definitely rather be a socialist than a fascist.

    May 19, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. teacheng

    They argue about name calling while America suffers.

    Great work, guys.

    May 19, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Justin

    In the news tomorrow: House Democrats pass a bill that calls on Republicans to re-name their party the "Irrelevant party".

    May 19, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Linda in MS

    Great! Another brilliant idea by the Party of No.

    May 19, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. jayh

    I think the GOP should be renamed the group of complete idiots party.

    May 19, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. JohnD

    Brilliant absolutely brilliant !!!!! sure to win the hearts and minds of the other now 62% non republicans

    May 19, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Are they serious? If this is what the GOP wastes its times arguing over, they deserve to be the losing party.

    May 19, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. Marge

    Wow. Do these people really not have anything better to do? They're so pathetic.

    May 19, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Jim Q.

    Pretty funny stuff! I'm just not sure that Red baiting means much to people in a post-Cold War world, guys. Consider going back to the anti-Islam stuff, it has more resonance, even if it is just as crazy.

    May 19, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. jeremy

    Maybe they should pass a resolution that requires them to actually know what socialism is...

    May 19, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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