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RNC's Passes "Socialist" Resolution

Twenty-four hours after Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele sought to turn the page on five months of infighting and bad press for the GOP, the organization passed a resolution condemning the Democratic party's "march toward socialism".

"Resolved, that we the members of the Republican National Committee recognize that the Democratic Party is dedicated to restructuring American society along socialist ideals," reads the resolution.

The vote, which has no practical impact, was cast as a victory by allies of Steele who insisted that catastrophe had been averted when an agreement was reached not to bring forward a resolution that would have re-nicknamed the Democratic party as the "Democrat Socialist Party." Steele had voiced his opposition to the resolution -- telling "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory last Sunday that he didn't "think that that is an appropriate way to, to express our views on the issues of the day."

Of today's vote, Steele pronounced himself "pleased that the committee adopted a resolution that focuses on the Democrats' policies and their destructive effects on America's economic engine, rather than attempting to rename our opponents."

The longer-term problem for Steele -- and for establishment Republicans across the country -- presented by the "Democrat Socialist Party" debate is that the 168 committee members represent the most conservative element of the party and have almost no concern for how passing a resolution like that would play (and be played by Democrats) to the average independent or moderate voter.

Put simply: these committeemen and committeewomen identify far more with the Dick Cheney/Rush Limbaugh wing of the party than they do with the Charlie Crist/Colin Powell side.

Steele was able to sidestep a public relations nightmare today. But, given the reality of the ideological makeup of the RNC committee members, it almost certainly will not be the last fire will have to put out.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 20, 2009; 6:24 PM ET
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Appending "Socialist" to the party name would be redundant.

Posted by: zjr78xva | May 25, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Typical republicans,nothing better to do than waste time with a smear campaign. Hard to believe these guys are paid money for their part time bigotry on a full time bassist. You can tell they get their daily programing from Gingrich. He's very good when he doesn't have anyone with a brain around him to tell him he's wrong.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | May 25, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Will someone please explain to me why the MSM even pays any attention at all to what the irresponsible Rebublicans are saying and doing. Really! Sarah Palin contemplating a run for POTUS in 2012? On what basis? Yet the media seems to find some way to rationally support the idea, despite the fact that she wrecked (along with the other radicals in her party) any chance that McCain might pull off a miracle. And as for Limbaugh just being dismissed as a pompous, pill popping clown; remember that the German establishment passed of Hitler as the same thing in the 1930s.

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | May 22, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Let's consider that Social Security and Medicare are the mpst successful socialistic programs in the world today. Let's consider the age-old struggle between those who separate the writings of Paul and the sayings of Jesus as to whether or not we should have a "social" gospel.

In one sense, as we become more socialistic, the more New Testament Christian that we become. The sad thing about capitalism is that it is based on a Ponzi scheme - the stock market. Without due regulation, the Ponzi scheme is uncorked. We all know the wisdom of capitalism. If one big box hardware store is successful, then two more within a block or two must be equally successful. If one gas station at an intersection seems to be doing well, why not put a gas station on the other three corners. Do not get me wrong, capitalism is all that I know. The U.S. Constitution is what makes our country the country that it is. The manner of our economics is incidental. Do I dare suggest that we did not have a stock market for many years. However, it doesn't take long for greedy people to figure out how to game the system. Repugs have found a way.

Posted by: EarlC | May 21, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse


I guess the GOP thinks that "Socialism" is a bad word. I guess they would say that countries like Sweden,Denmark,Norway and Finland are "socialist" countries. I guess they don't want the US to be like these countries. Perhaps they haven't noticed that all of these "socialist" countries have higher standards of living than does the US. I guess they haven't noticed that the people of these countries have better health care then the US and higher life expectancies. I guess that they didn't notice the recent poll which said that people in these countries are happier with their lives than Americans. I guess they don't want the US to associate with socialist countries like Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia or the UK. They probably would like to do away with the US social security system, public schools, unemployment compensation, a graduated income tax system and all the other aspects of socialism. Mental giants these Republicans.


Exactly! Equality and a high standard of living for everyone is a very baaad thing. I mean, only the wealthy deserve to live so well! LOL.

The countries you listed are actually identified as the top democratic countries with the highest rate of humanitarian benefits in the world. The US dwells somewhere down at the bottom of the list. We didn't even make the top 50.

How sad is that?

Oh, and they're wealthier too. (most of them)

Posted by: Anok | May 21, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, they haven't lost badly enough in the last two elections. Maybe another butt-whuppin' will straighten them out. But probably not.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 21, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

A lot of interesting comments here. I think the lesson here is the need for a viable third party.

The Democrats refused to stand up and stop the Bush Administration, and now they are afraid to punish them for their obviously criminal behavior. As someone said in another comment section, if Obama is merely a clever version of Bush, we're in deep trouble.

The Republicans have a schizophrenic streak to deal with. When they're in charge, the president is close friends with God and nothing they do can be questioned. When they're not in power, there is a completely different set of rules that brings the type of behavior described in the article.

Being Republican is no longer an option for intelligent people, and being a Democrat isn't much better.

Posted by: wizard2 | May 21, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, these clowns still don't get it, do they? The country is falling down around us, based in large part on GOP policies, and these idiots are working on some sort of middle-school name-calling re-branding scheme?

BTW: It was George W. Bush that signed the socialism-for-bankers TARP bill. Maureen Dowd put it so weel when she wrote, "It was quite a memorable moment in history for the M.B.A. president and the nominee of the party of business. Who would have dreamed that when socialism finally came to the U.S.A. it would be brought not by Bolsheviks in blue jeans but Wall Street bankers in Gucci loafers?"

Posted by: pepperjade | May 21, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

What an incredible little circle of little boys. Jesus. These are adults?

Posted by: swatkins1 | May 21, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"When was the last time we had such a combination of competency in our government? Not in my lifetime, that's for sure. Posted by: katavo"

Except, of course, under Clinton, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, Roosevelt.

Competent Government isn't too hard to get, unless you believe that competent government is the enemy, ala Reagan, Bush II, and Grover Norquist. Then you deliberately appoint incompetents and crooks to high level jobs and hope that they really screw up government. WEhen they succeed, you say, "You see, good government is impossible."

As long as the rabid conservative wing of the Republican Party is in control of the Republican side of the aisle, electing them to the Executive Branch is just demanding the wretched examples provided by the last twenty years of Republicans in the White House.

We can have competent government whenever we are willing to elect Democrats to run the Executive and the Legislative branches. When Moderates are again the other majority party, we can even compare parties to decide which party bids fair promise of providing the more competent government.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 21, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"Since Obama it has been cut to half the original amount. That's the kind of change I can't afford."

You're a lying sack of garbage.

The Dow closed on January 21 at 8228. The Dow closed today at 8292. So if your 401k really has lost half its value since Obama took office, it's because you're a moron and has nothing to do with Obama.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 21, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Ah, gotta love those crazy Republicans. I wonder what moderate Republicans make of this. Between this and Cheney's rebuttal speech this morning, the party really is need of a major blood transfusion.

Fingers crossed that the patient will survive the procedure...

Posted by: simian77 | May 21, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The R party is still just a bunch of radicals who want to rule by force, threats, intimation or any means to control your mind such as you are not a patriot if you don't go along with the Bush policies. Well look where the Bush policies got our country. Things have never been worse and no it did not happen in the last 5 months as Drugball would like you to believe.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | May 21, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, I amazed that any of the buffoons still a part of that dying party can even SPELL socialism...

The only GOOD republiklan is a DEAD one.

Posted by: kase | May 21, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Q: Is LoonyLeft a c0cksucking fagg0t?

A: He's got a c0ck in his mouth, doesn't he?

Posted by: wangbang747 | May 21, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This whole issue is a great case study in the utter lack of seriousness of the Republican party. The original resolution was laughable on its face. This compromise is merely inane. All of it is a huge waste of time. But, I suppose without any actual solutions to offer the American people, renaming the opposition party is about as good a way to look busy as anything.

Posted by: fletc3her | May 21, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Q: Are loony-left d-crats socialists?

A: If it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck - it's probably a duck!

Posted by: LoonyLeft | May 21, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The new administration has proven that renaming things.. doesn't change anything..

Posted by: newbeeboy | May 21, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The RNC is lost. Foolish greed-driven liars calling names ... The GOP needs more than new leaders, it needs good principles. Its present single over-riding principle is Biblical: do all kinds of evil for the love of money.

Posted by: owens1 | May 21, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party would be wise to recognize that we are rubber and they are glue. Also, next time they should arm themselves with sticks and stones.

Posted by: worf | May 21, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

This was a victory for Republicans the same way having a condemned man put to death by lethal injection instead of firing squad is a victory for opponents of capital punishment.

Posted by: caribis | May 21, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

There are many examples of socialism that citizens have benefited from for many years:

About 3,000 water utilities are owned, operated and regulated by governments and more than 2,000 electric utilities are owned and run by cities, counties or states. Government agencies regulate the rates and limit the return on investment that investors can receive.

There are few privately-operated fire departments and wastewater treatment is publicly owned and operated.

A national system of publicly-funded roads began in 1916.

Telephone and cable services, radio and television are all regulated by the government.

Posted by: BettyW1 | May 21, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Wonderbear wrote: “You who support Obama are quick to overlook many broken laws by politicians and office holders on all levels who paved the way for him including voter fraud; hidden educational and birth records and mysterious deaths along the way to the White House….”

Who on earth are you listening to?

I am not sure what broken laws we are overlooking, and I certainly would want any miscreants prosecuted. But I am genuinely bewildered by continuing right-wing suggestions that somehow President Obama is not a native citizen or that he did not attend Occidental, Columbia and Harvard. Now you suggest there were ‘mysterious deaths along the way to the White House’!!!

Stop listening to voices from nasty little dolls and dark television sets. They are lying to you.

Posted by: JohnInTexas | May 21, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Having lost in most demographics that matter, I think GOP is now going after the elementary school kids with all that name callilng. Will someone please tell them that elementary school kids can't vote.

Posted by: ualec1 | May 21, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I guess the GOP thinks that "Socialism" is a bad word. I guess they would say that countries like Sweden,Denmark,Norway and Finland are "socialist" countries. I guess they don't want the US to be like these countries. Perhaps they haven't noticed that all of these "socialist" countries have higher standards of living than does the US. I guess they haven't noticed that the people of these countries have better health care then the US and higher life expectancies. I guess that they didn't notice the recent poll which said that people in these countries are happier with their lives than Americans. I guess they don't want the US to associate with socialist countries like Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia or the UK. They probably would like to do away with the US social security system, public schools, unemployment compensation, a graduated income tax system and all the other aspects of socialism. Mental giants these Republicans.

Posted by: jimeglrd8 | May 21, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

If you're name is Steele and you say "get real" come on baby let me know. If your name is bushie, come on shake your tushie, come on baby let me know. Cheney, Cheney, Cheney, tie 'em to a chainy, come on baby let me know. If you're name is Rush and you are a big fat lard ass pill poppin' son of a gun, come on baby call me names...

Posted by: DontGetIt | May 21, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

We'll make sure the Socialist Fire Dept doesn't offend Republicans by coming to their houses too. Can you imagine?! Paying public funds for something that could be privatized and run by Blackwater?! Commies.

Posted by: fluxgirl | May 21, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree, calling the Democrats "socialists" is not fair. How dare the Republicans and other conservatives call them socialists! It's an insult to all socialists out there and is far too conservative of a label. A more appropriate term would be "communists" or "fascists". Even then I do not believe the word gives the actions of the Democrats justice, but it's a start.

Posted by: dwaterson52 | May 21, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe to RNC members who are so far out of touch they need spacesuits, we liberal Democrats look like Socialists. After all, we think the courts and the healthcare system should treat everyone equally, businesses should not cheat consumers, bankers should not steal and executives should not get paid millions for wrecking their companies and betraying their employees. That hardly makes us followers of Socialists Henri de Saint Simon or Robert Owen, much less Karl Marx.

As a lifelong Yellow Dog Democrat, I would enjoy watching the Republican Party implode if it were not so tragic for our nation. Historically, the Democrats have championed social justice and the Republicans have protected the capitalist economic system that has made us the most prosperous nation in history. Together, as centrist parties, they have provided a check-and-balance that has served our nation well.

President Obama has disappointed me often enough for me to conclude he really is the consensus-building centrist the nation needs. Yet the Republicans openly bet against his efforts to save our economy. Rather than trying to influence his judicial appointments, they oppose them before they are made. Republicans demand harsh immigration policies but encourage middle class American jobs to move overseas. They embrace an elitist industrialist view that would embarrass Ayn Rand.

To my Republican friends: please stop your party’s wail of “No now, no tomorrow, no forever!” It is beneath the Grand Old Party and America is too important to founder on ideology, yours or mine. Today in loyal opposition, tomorrow in leadership, we need you to govern.

Posted by: JohnInTexas | May 21, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

So Steele considers it a "victory" that the GOP only ends up looking ignorant and ridiculous, as opposed to looking childish and idiotic?


Still, since those were his only options in dealing with the fire-breathing Savages that have taken over his party, I suppose he has a point.

Man, what a pack of delusional losers.

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | May 21, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

If the Rep. ever want back in they need to stop childish actions and start reaching across to work with the Dem. that are in now.That doesn't mean they have to agree with everything but work through the comittiees they have been put on in the houses. President did reach across to them. now they need to reach back and start helping to help cure the problems we have .Work together for a better America, not along any party line. Stop the negative .let it be bipartisen.No one person can solve the problems.Saying I hope they fail sure isn't working together.

Posted by: hale_me75 | May 21, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Most of the comments here appearing to be one-sided by working-class people. I retired in 2003 with 120,000 dollars in a 401K. Not enough to retire on by most standards, but I had to be satisfied with it. Fidelity was caretaking it but not advising on how to make it grow so I converted to an IRA and ran it up to almost half again the original sum. That was before Obama. Since Obama it has been cut to half the original amount. That's the kind of change I can't afford.
You who support Obama are quick to overlook many broken laws by politicians and office holders on all levels who paved the way for him including voter fraud; hidden educational and birth records and mysterious deaths along the way to the White House. Truth be told; in the current administration; truth will not be told.
I acknowledge this mass attitude enjoys seeing slick manuevering around established safeguards which were originated to protect the American people from fraud; thereby doing admitting their own guilt. Teams of lawyers withholding information the American public should be priviledged to will not change the truth.
Truth is not the order of the day; obviously. Go ahead and make light and insult the's the American way; arrogance always leads to destruction. I will be silent when this administration destroys itself.

Posted by: wonderbear | May 21, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Guess this explains the "big tent" theory because stunts like this simply serve to confirm previous suspicions that they're running a circus at the GOP and they've let the head clown be in charge! This, like much of the dribble coming out of the RNC is of totally no value - it's not even newsworthy.

Posted by: mcordray | May 21, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

The best part is that young voters who never experienced the Cold War don't really know much about Socialism. And since Obama is very popular with young voters, branding him as a Socialist doesn't have the same stigma that they think it does. In fact, it has had the effect of making young people think that Socialism must not be all that bad. But, the bottom line is that the people like Rush etc really have no idea what Socialism is. But how can you expect them too. They're too busy talking to spend any time learning about anything.

Posted by: voldenuit123 | May 21, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I am perfectly fine being called a Democratic Socialist. After all, I have been calling them the White Trash Republican Party for a decade. Fair is fair.

Posted by: whitneykyle | May 21, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Republicans - the party of the ridiculous and the insane. May they continue as this.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | May 21, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK LADIES/GENTLEMEN of the RNC.....a few more months of action like this and the GOP will be down below 20% of the electorate! Your brillance is astonishing!!!

Posted by: dwatson1 | May 21, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"The vote, which has no practical impact, was cast as a victory by allies of Steele who insisted that catastrophe had been averted when an agreement was reached not to bring forward a resolution that would have re-nicknamed the Democratic party as the "Democrat Socialist Party."

The committee did decide, however, to rename the Republican Party the "Nanny Nanny Boo Boo Party," effective immediately.

Posted by: jp1954 | May 21, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow. The GOP really HAS run out of new ideas. Is grade school name calling the best plan they can put forward to solving the countries problems???

Posted by: daler1 | May 21, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Look. The governing philosophy of the base of the GOP--as represented by people who think like Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh--is a losing philosophy. If one scans the broad country side for any evidence of just what direction the GOP needs to be moving in, just look at the Statehouses.

Generally regarded as one of the reddest states in America, Utah has been governed in the past several decades by moderate conservatives. The present Governor of Utah--John Huntsman--was recently selected by President Obama to be our Ambassador to China--a very shrewd move that takes Huntsman out of consideration for 2012. Even Obama knows where the danger from a GOP resurgence really resides.

The GOP can only survive if it wakes up to the fact that looking in the direction of Cheney and Limbaugh is futile and suicidal.

Posted by: jaxas | May 21, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Getting the word "socialism" into mainstream consciousness coupled with Obama administration successes will take the sting out of the word and make it acceptable. Hopefully.

Posted by: LifeBeforePrinciple | May 21, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Well, as long as the RNC continues to worry about what to call the Democrats instead of figuring out what it stands for, I'll enjoy watching the GOP self destruct.

Hum, maybe the Dems can get to 70 seats in the Senate if the GOP keeps this up.

Posted by: LayneD | May 21, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I've been mostly anti-administrations lately.. but the RNC shouldn't throw many stones.. they have done their fair share of screwing things up. Sometimes I like to think about what Ralph Nader oftens says.. we really on have one party in D.C.

Posted by: newbeeboy | May 21, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Did they miss the memo that the first bank bailout and Medicaid prescription bills were passed under a Republican administration and voted for by a plethera of GOP congressmen and senators? You can't get much more socialist than that. Talk about galling hypocrisy.

Posted by: Midknight | May 21, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

And the RNC renamed their party the Republican Facist Party.

Posted by: JohnnyU2Berry | May 21, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Republik party's march to fundamentalism.

Posted by: whocares666 | May 21, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

So the Republican Taliban party thought better of name calling? It could have gotten pretty ugly. Darn. I was so looking forward to that. I wanted to see Democratic Socialists standing in front of the cameras discussing the latest "ideas" from Senate Taliban Leader Mitch McConnell or House Taliban Whip Eric Cantor.

Posted by: mischanova | May 21, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives have no sense of humor and therefore don't get irony, but one of the ironies of this action is that for much of the population the term "socialist" doesn't carry the baggage it did during the Cold War, and may pick up luster through being dissed by the hated GOP. By never letting go of the past and making criticisms from beyond the historical memory of the current electorate they only set themselves up for their own worst nightmares...

Posted by: razzl | May 21, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Damn the adults finally put their feet down over at the RNC. I was so hoping they would start the childish name calling and further alienate the American people. Obama keeps winning because he is the rational adult dealing with some spoiled indulgent children such as Limbaugh and Cheney.

Posted by: bradcpa | May 21, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I think it's great that we have a political party primarily composed of 12-year-old boys. Only in America, I tell you! I hear their next scheme is to wait until the Democratic party is asleep and hold its hand in some warm water...

Posted by: irae | May 21, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Silly people fishing for ideas, and all they came up with was an old boot. Fix yourself's Republicans or cancel the party. By the time you notice you are all alone it will be too late to capture even Alabama.

Posted by: merrylees | May 21, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

So the RNC wingnuts had a vote. Oh joy NOT!

Posted by: jjgrah | May 21, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Is any more proof needed that the GOP has become a total irrelevancy?

The Party of No has morphed into the Party of Moe (as in Larry, Shemp and...)


Posted by: pali2600 | May 21, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

The Republican meltdown is truly a sight to see.

But you Democrats better not get too comfortable, either. The U.S. is not that different from other countries who have, in the present and past, been seduced by the lunatic reactionary fringe. All that has been needed are hard times, and Obama has yet to do anything real for the regular American, apart from speak English coherently.

Democrats should not be so arrogant as to be certain that the Republican rantings won't work some day. Democrats in office better start actually serving regular American people. They have yet to.

Posted by: geezjan | May 21, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse


This is the moment that history will remember. The day that the history books will record as the official death of the American Republican party of the 20th century.

Posted by: drindl | May 21, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

"Socialist" is the new "liberal" because the latter term no longer has the "scary" meaning R's used to beat the D's over the head with for the last 30 years. If R's can further demonize, then, the thinking among the luddites goes, people will fear D's reign. R's attempt to rule by fear, claim to stand for efficiency when all they do is lead us down the path to financial ruin. Amazing that the only person to actually execute things R's purport to support - cutting federal deficit, reducing the workforce and ending welfare was that "noted" conservative Bill Clinton. The only reason R's stay relevant is that the American people continue to validate PT Barnum's observation that no one ever went poor underestimating the intelligence of the American people (or a sucker's born every minute!)

Posted by: terrapin31590us | May 21, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised the ranting supporters of this intellectually-bankrupt party, those who usually fill the pages of WaPo Comment section with their spew, haven't weighed in yet. But perhaps they can be baited to come in and explain why this is a Great Leap Forward for their fellow kinfolk and klansmen.

Posted by: dane1 | May 21, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

I am embarrassed for them (GOP members who spent TIME AND ENERGY on this BS, what a non-intelligent group of people)-- why don't they define themselves first -- oh, wait...

Posted by: jjjjjjj | May 21, 2009 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh, are all white conservative, rich, thieves, liars, drug users, raising unwed mothers, and re-invented torture and they want to call someone else a socialists, or any other name to demean others. All the above have been involved with the criminal court system for the above crimes. google em to find the criminal and the crime of each.

The GOP is going down the path of a small group of people, and getting smaller, making it effective for other groups to finally have a say in our future other than above named groups of criminals and conservatives.

I do not get the whole Ronald Reagan is the best Republican ever approach either.


Posted by: patmatthews | May 21, 2009 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Name calling???? The GOP should pass another resolution: branding itself as "desperate".
Reagan would have wept.

Posted by: htimothyjones | May 21, 2009 5:11 AM | Report abuse

Do the Republicans who state the anti-socialist rhetoric understand that all their favorite companies, McDonald Douglas, Haliburton, Lockheed, Blackwater, and more, all live off the taxpayer - socialism!! The police force, education, ATF, half the hospitals, half the income of major colleges, all comes from the taxpayer. Does he really plan to end all socialism in America? Doubt it. Let's call their selective socialism what it is - Republican Socialism or Socialism of the Military Industrial Complex.

Posted by: tjallen | May 21, 2009 4:33 AM | Report abuse

Dag nab it!

I'm a bit disappointed that the original resolution didn't go through. In retaliation, I was happily contemplating being able to write a lot about the 'Repube Fascist Party' - the 'Repube' referencing all the recent sex scandals of various R officeholders, the 'Fascist' self-explaining.

The GOOPers spoiled all my contemplated fun!

Posted by: critter69 | May 21, 2009 4:23 AM | Report abuse

In observing this ridiculous event in the history of the republican party, one does not have to defend socialism ... and I won't.

The socialist ideology basically has government running some or all of the things private business has been running. Fine, some of those things must be done by the government. But the other things - these require a competent government staffed by competent people to run it ... uh, competently.

When was the last time we had such a combination of competency in our government? Not in my lifetime, that's for sure.

No, what the republicans have done here is what they always do these days. Instead of competing with the hated democrats with ideas, they demonize them.

That's all they have left. That's all the people who are left in the party have.

It's just pathetic. It's like when somebody has finally gotten so old they crap their pants. It's time for the diapers, republicans.

Posted by: katavo | May 21, 2009 3:04 AM | Report abuse

Imagine also that losing your job meant you got a vacation, not a death sentence.

Ask anyone who's actually lived under Socialism just how demotivating and shabby it actually is. Imagine getting six weeks of vacation per year instead of two, imagine being able to go to a doctor when you're sick instead of getting an appointment three weeks in the future and still having to wait two hours after your appointment to be seen.

Yeah, terrible.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 21, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

How about renaming the GOP to the Republican National Socialist Party. Similar to the Third Reich, the GOP of today decries 'socialists,' worships the fetus, hates gays, supports racist policies, lies to support expansionistic wars, endorses torture, preaches 'morals' and family-values, justifies all criminal acts in the name of fatherland security. The GOP's new name will finally provide accurate representation of their party. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | May 21, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

This from the party that voted the largest-ever expansion of Medicare while it was in power.

Posted by: nodebris | May 20, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please! The Democratic Party is so much like the Republican Party, they might as well quit the charade of the "two party system". If the American people got a taste of genuine socialism, it would be all over for the both of them. Imagine universal medical care, a universal retirement insurance program, the end of corporate malpractice and fraud, a society where people are treated the same, with dignity. THAT is socialism, that is Swedish socialism, and we wouldn't be in the mess we are in right now if that was the sort of government we had.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 20, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse


I quite realise I'm opening a can of worms, but I should like to ask, rhetorically, why a social system that has worked in most European & Scandinavian countries (in modified form, of course) without undue harm coming to the populace, should be used as a sort of clarion call to 'git out them rifles, protect the wimminfolk an' kids' by the Rebublicans?

Rational people know that President Obama has, if anything, been quite cautious, rather than the reverse, in his moves to right the gross inequities of the last 30 years. The last 4 months have hardly been a headlong rush towards Socialism simply because the second 'Robber Baron-era' has been somewhat thwarted.

After all, isn't the current economic mess a result of the unfettered greed and conscienceless of Capitalism gone mad?

Which brings me back to my original question: What would be so bad about Socialism?

Posted by: sverigegrabb | May 20, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Laughably stupid.

Posted by: soonerthought | May 20, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

At some point sanity has to reassert control over the Republican Party, but let's hope it doesn't strike any time soon.

This is the party that Steele says has turned away from its apologizing for its past and is now looking to its future, CALLING THE DEMOCRATS NAMES!

Every Republican spokesman on the radio or TV seems gospel certain sure that the republican Party has rebounded and is on its way to victory, so THEY DECLARE THE DEMOCRATS SOCIALISTS!

Can Mitch Daniels resurrect the Republican Party? No, these zombies are rising on their own and schlepping off to terrorize the world. That is how they expect to get back their winning ways.

There is only one possible reason for this: The have a GWB clone hidden somewhere, ready to run for President in 2012, who currently can't say much more than Nyah! Nyah!na Nyah! Nyah!.

Oh, and nukular.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 20, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

So this is the kind of thing the average Republican is spending his/her money on when they donate to the RNC? A resolution to re-name the Democratic party?!?!

Ha Ha Ha!

No matter how hard they tried, even Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert couldn't come up with better comedy than the Republican party is providing us with lately.

Republicans are completely clueless, and insulated. Not only do they not know anything, they don't WANT to know, Anything.

Besides that - what good scriptwriter would want to work for the Repugs? Their "leadership" is not going to approve anything that's remotely moderate, or intelligent sounding, or that doesn't have at least 100 cliches and inappropriate remarks.

That only leaves the really bad hacks to write the Repugs scripts. And their message becomes exactly what they want it to sound like: clueless morons.

Posted by: DrainYou | May 20, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought that petty name calling was reprehensible behavior! Turns out it's a victory for moderation.

Posted by: theamazingjex | May 20, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

This kind of time-wasting sideshow all but guarantees severe GOP losses next year. Keep it up, guys, the door is over there.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 20, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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