By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Give credit where it's due: RNC Chairman Michael Steele managed some successful party leadership today. Though in all fairness, that leadership essentially took the form of convincing his fellow Republicans not to dress up in a collective clown suit and convey their policy preferences through air horn blasts.
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."
So... instead of re-nicknaming the Democratic Party (which they already call the Democrat Party) as the "Democrat Socialist Party," they're going simply vote to condemn the "Democrats' march toward socialism."
What's really both funny and scary about all of this is how seriously the fringe-nuts in the GOP take it. According to the Washington Post, one RNC member who authored the Democrat-Socialist resolution had this to say:
"This will be an opportune time for the RNC to exert bold and aggressive leadership by the passage of these resolutions, which our members and supporters are crying out for and which the American people need and deserve," one of the authors of resolution, Jim Bobb, an RNC member from Indiana, told the committee in a letter.
It's all like something out of a hyper-serious student council meeting, or college students who really should spend more time at a kegger and less time confusing self-seriousness with actual seriousness.
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