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. deborah, WV

    Do we get to come up with a new name for their party?

    May 19, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. No Incumbents 2010

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

    May 19, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. john

    I call on this group to rename themselves the RNK– Rush's National Klavern

    May 19, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. Michael

    No wonder the GOP is such a mess right. Maybe they should concentrate on getting their own house in order instead of drafting a resolution that is nothing more than a waste of time.

    May 19, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. JT

    Really? Aren't there more important and immediate things to be debating other than what the opposing political party should call itself? These idiots are ridiculous.

    May 19, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. DaMaestro

    The Dinopubs should worry about what to call their post mortem party.

    May 19, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. Wally

    And THIS is why I am a former Republican.

    May 19, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  8. Mike

    First, republicans in Texas want to secede from the Union...and now this??? If I didn't know any better I would think the party was run by a bunch of angry 10 yr olds. This is worse than a movie!
    And they wonder why theyre in the abyss haha!!!

    May 19, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. shoegazer

    How moronic do the GOP have to get?This is what they think is dealing with the problems of the country?Hey guttersnipes,why don't you re-phrase the resolution asking the Dems to change their name to
    the National Socialist Party.Remember whose party had that handle?

    May 19, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. R in Maine

    Go ahead and call them socialists. Then everyone can recognize you for the traitors that you really are.

    May 19, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. DC

    IMay the RNC should call the so called Republican Party, "The Republican Christian Party," that would make more sense.

    May 19, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. r

    one simple request: Please shut up.

    no – seriously. That is the only response that this kind of waste-of-time stupidity warrants. Name-calling isn't ok for 6 year olds or elected officials. Substantive policy debate? Sign me up for a CSPAN subscription.

    May 19, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. Eileen

    With all the problems going on in the republican party – and the country – this is what they come up with? This is a pressing issue?

    They're in bigger trouble than I thought.


    May 19, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  14. girlsouth

    As a moderate who sways left, I try to keep an open ear with the Conservative mindset, but this is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard.

    How about a new definition for the acronym GOP
    Grand Ole Pitiful....

    May 19, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Gary

    That's funny, I could have swore the "socialist revolution" began with a GOP president who started bailing out companies right and left...

    it's funny how partisans act while the rest of us (independents) recognize that both sides are nearly the same and both to blame for our problems. Was this bill to kiss up to Rush or something?

    May 19, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  16. Obama - NOPE

    Tell it like it is. The Dems are Socialists.

    May 19, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Josh Emery

    What stupidity. The Republicans just lost two elections, and they respond by wasting time and energy on a resolution that is asinine and means absolutely nothing? Instead of coming up with new ideas, or repackaging old ones, this is what they come up with? Pathetic. I used to be a registered Republican. What a total joke this party has become.

    May 19, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Jim Q.

    Are there any intelligent Republicans left?

    May 19, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Georgia Gal

    Either way this is just stupid and counter productive. The republicans just need to drop it.

    May 19, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  20. truth is liberal sort of

    hey this clown is not going to stop at socialism, he's going to tread his way to communism.

    May 19, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  21. Orville

    I love to watch the idiotic Republicans self destruct. They have no idea what socialism really is if they think that the Democrats are socialists! If they do, then they should also be complaining and trying to eliminate our entire public school system, fire and police protection and any other public system designed for the public good.

    May 19, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. Dookie Poopbutt

    The Republicans have completely lost their minds.

    May 19, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  23. Peter (CA)


    Please please please pass the resolution.

    Let's see how many more people you lose from your ranks. You will be passed in numbers by the Green party.

    May 19, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. JCrunch

    Wow. Just wow.

    May 19, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. Nightingirl

    This has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have heard in a loooong time. Which given the last year says ALOT.

    May 19, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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