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. Anonymous

    Steele and company should think twice about the renaming issue, as The Republican Nazi Party , they should be careful about the name calling.

    May 19, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. jj

    Glad to see the Rep party is using there time wisely to help solve the Nation's problems!

    May 19, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Excuses Me?

    Don't the republicans voted into office have a job to do? I can't believe the childishness. Grow up!

    May 19, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. frank Ponikvar

    How in the world can the Republican party dictate anything?
    How about a resolution to rename the republicans as greedy monsters?

    May 19, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Andi

    And this resolution will help the United States in what way, again?

    May 19, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Antionette from Florida

    You have got to be kidding me! Is this all the RNC has-ridiculous rhetoric. No wonder they are a lost party in a major "time out". Go away and do something constructive. The world is laughing at you!

    May 19, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. gwen

    And the republicans can rename their party, the Republican Cheats and Liars party!

    May 19, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. jj

    As long as the Republicans call themselves the National Socialist Party!

    May 19, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. jb

    as a life long republican – i guess i just thought there would be more important things to work on other than this child-like name calling disaster

    May 19, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. JD of STL

    The United States is involved in two wars, economic upheaval, pandemic flu around the corner and a whole hosts of other serious issues and the best way for the RNC can spend its time is trying to get the "other" party to change their name?
    "Stupid" and "Ridiculous" is right!

    May 19, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. Joe the carpenter

    You have got to be kidding me.

    Well I guess the "GOP" needs its name changed to the 'Fascist Republican" party at the same time.

    May 19, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. Imarriedmycousin in TheOleSouth

    Not even Steele is as stupid as Norcross.Where do they find these morons?

    May 19, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. Chris

    does this party have any REAL ideas?

    May 19, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Chris

    And they wonder why they get creamed in elections.
    If they had a defensible position on anything of substance they wouldn't have to try to deflect attention with stuff like this.

    May 19, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. SWB

    Exhibit A in the case for why the GOP will be extinct in 4 years.

    With everything going on right now, THIS is how they spend their time. MORONS.

    May 19, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Splat!~

    WOW! What a bunch of idiots!~

    May 19, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Ron Thibodeau

    so then, can the democrats have a resolution for the republicans to rename their party "The Party of 'NO'"....?

    After all, fair is fair. One dumb resolution deserves another....

    May 19, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Dexter Skagway

    I'm sure the Democrats will be happy to rename themselves the "Democrat Socialist Party", right after the Republicans rename themselves the "Ignorant Peurile Redneck Crackpot Psycho-screamer Neo-Nazi Republican Inquisition Party."

    May 19, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  19. Don Gilman

    Well, how about a proposal to rename the RNC as the Republican Fascisct Party?

    May 19, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. carol

    Heck ,I think we should have resolution to have the GOP change their name to fascist losers. Idiots....

    May 19, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. George

    You republicans better find your own party. You are the losers, and now like little kids, lash out at the winers. If you decide to rename your mess, I have some ideas. Best wishes, we need 2 parties, now get your act together.

    May 19, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. Coherent1

    I'm sure CNN doesn't really want a comment on this one. Absolutely sure!

    May 19, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. Artim

    Don't these morons have more important things to do?

    May 19, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. Norman


    Good to see the republicans focusing on what's important... THIS is the direction – the way forward – that Steele was referring to? well, you guys keep going in that direction, showing all of this 'class...' it will serve us ALL well.


    May 19, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  25. andrewstl

    good idea you doorknobs. you are dying and wasting time on what to call the democrats. here is one to try on for size . refer to them as the winners and the party in control that sums it up you ding dongs

    May 19, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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