GOP won't rename Democrats, after all

The Republican National Committee waters down a resolution about whether Democrats are socialist.

Published May 20, 2009 10:21PM (EDT)

WASHINGTON -- Apparently the Republican National Committee still listens to Michael Steele. At least for now.

The RNC just adopted a resolution that urges President Obama, "the Congress and the Democratic Party to remember what made our country great and to stop pushing our country toward socialism and government control." That actually represents a great victory for the forces of moderation and civility in the Republican Party. The party, at Steele's request, rejected an earlier version, which called "on the Democratic Party to be truthful and honest with the American people by acknowledging that they have evolved from a party of tax and spend to a party of tax and nationalize and, therefore, should agree to rename themselves the Democrat Socialist Party." (Since this presumably means the Democratic National Committee won't need new stationary that reflects its new Marxist name, one Democrat joked, "I'm going to have to call the collective and tell them to shut down the presses.") 

Steele -- who hasn't exactly gotten off to a great start as RNC chairman -- took the vote as a referendum on his own leadership. "I am 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," he said in a statement released after the vote. "The RNC and the entire Republican Party is moving forward with strength and unity."

Unlike that other party, which is -- no doubt -- moving forward with strength, unity and hammers and sickles.

By Mike Madden

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