May 20, 2009

The cable networks were all over promoting Michael Steele's speech to the RNC yesterday. (d-day asked if they ever televised Howard Dean's speeches to the DNC when he was elected, but I digress.) They gave Steele unfettered access to our airwaves and allowed him to give a partisan attack speech for almost thirty minutes to a man who is the laughingstock of the GOP and needs all the support he can get.

Giving him free, unpaid airtime to make a lengthy statement denigrating President Obama devoid of ideas, I guess, seemed like a good thing for Steele, but if they really wanted to show us what the RNC is all about, why didn't they televise the debate they had about their resolution which would have branded the Democratic Party the “Democrat Socialist Party"?

This would have been a much clearer window into the minds and hearts of the Republican Party, which has been the party of know-nothings and do-nothings and extremist rhetoric since the day Obama took office.

In the video above, you can get a glimpse of this internal debate: Neil Cavuto on Sunday absolutely castigated Republican National Committeewoman Cathie Adams for proposing the resolution.

Well, it looks like they are toning it down somewhat:

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."

Steele figures that just calling Obama and the Democratic party socialists all day long in print and on TV is good enough because the talking heads will not call them out on it. Why go to the effort when their media enablers are happy to handle the chore?

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