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. DCMata

    What are the Republicans offering???
    Dividing the American people will no longer work!
    They need to offer solutions to the mess they created!
    I love Megan McCain...she is where the party should be going!

    May 19, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. TC in Denver

    Holy Cow, this is the Republican re-branding? This is like 8th grade type of stuff! No wonder they want to kick a 4 star general and a POW out of their party– these men have real experience and would never sign on to something so obviously, well, silly!

    Really. This is just embarrassing.

    May 19, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Alex Earhart

    I think it is absolutely idiotic and completely pointless of the GOP to attempt to even present this resolution within its own party. It's just a ploy by Republicans to steer their own focus away from the real issues so to avoid their own shortcomings regarding those issues. This is disgraceful, and stupid acts like these are bringing a swift death to a once meaningful party.

    May 19, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Patrick

    What an incredible waste of time.

    May 19, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. Tom C

    Thank goodness that the GOP was able to find an adult, respectable way to go forward with name calling.

    May 19, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Josh

    Heres a thought instead of labling the opposition why not try and present alternative ideas. This is exactly why I left the GNOP.

    May 19, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. videodrome

    What foolishness.
    Both political parties, Republican and Democrat, need new leadership. If this is the best these leaders can do, namecalling and wasting time/money, then this country needs to take a stand against this nonsense.
    Grow up politicians!! And start thinking about others, besides yourselves.

    May 19, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. Fred

    This is what the GOP spends its time doing? Really?

    May 19, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. Andrea

    So I see the RNC is still wasting precious time. The RNC would be better served worrying about their own party instead of drafting meaningless/symbolic resolutions about the DNC.

    May 19, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. ds

    These people deserve to be forgotten by history

    May 19, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  11. Joe

    We get to rename them the republican torture comitte or the grand old hypocrites or the all spend no tax or the we lie to get buy or the grand old facists i dont get this its like they are children who just call people names

    May 19, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. Steve in Denver

    Since when does one group have naming rights for another group? What a stupid party! Is this their best idea? It has worked so well for the gas bags (Limbaugh, etc.) to call the Democratic party the Democrat party. I hope this is their campaign for 2010. I'm smelling 70 seats!

    May 19, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. Steve in Denver

    Calling the President "Barry," the whole calling the Democratic party the Democrat party. What original ideas. I'm scared now!

    May 19, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. mike in portland

    The Republican Party has truly bottomed out if Michael Steele is the voice of reason. It is just too depressing for words. Please print something more uplifting and positive – the rants of Michelle Bachmann, for instance, or the wisdom of Rush Limbaugh.

    May 19, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  15. LMJ

    We should also name the Republican party the "Republican Nazi Party".

    May 19, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. JLT

    Am I reading this right? Republicans want Democrats to change the name of the party to Democrat Socialist Party? What right do they have to even suggest this? Suppose Democrats asked them to change their name to The Party of No? Now I've heard everything.

    May 19, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. Carlo G

    whoever pushed for this resolution is:
    1. wasting time instead of taking care of pressing issues, like helping the gop recover
    2. stupid for not knowing what a socialist really is.

    i live in france. i know what i am talking about when i say socialist.

    May 19, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Randall Arnold

    What a bunch of petty children our partisan "leaders" have become.

    May 19, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  19. chandler

    Even suggesting such a resolution is devisive and really shows what a miserable bunch of right wing zealots these people are. If they vote for such a resolution, will they rename their party the "Tea Baggers" using the modern day reference of what that means?

    May 19, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. SGJ

    Right after that they should pass another "resolution" to rename their party the "National Poster Child Party for Self-Inflicted Wounds".

    The Democrats couldn't write this stuff any better themselves.

    May 19, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  21. Jerry

    How about the Republican Facist Party? Has a nice truthful ring to it.

    May 19, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. Meg

    Wow, its soooooooo nice to see where the repub real priorities are. . . is this the best thing they can come up with, seriously?!

    May 19, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. Ian

    The GOP gets dumber by the minute. They are going to lose voters for a generation if the toads in charge do not abandon their childish antics.

    May 19, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. Gerry

    Let the Republicans pass their resolution. But then the Democrats ought to pass a resolution calling on the Republican party to be renamed the Republican Fascist Party.

    May 19, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  25. MD

    Namecalling, fear mongering, and mud slinging seems to be the only thing the GOP knows how to do. What a sad and desperate bunch.

    May 19, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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