"Republicans angry that Steele won’t call Obama a ‘socialist.’"
State Republican party leaders are incensed that RNC chairman Michael Steele isn’t labeling President Obama a “socialist.” “We don’t see this president so much as a socialist as we see him as a collectivist,” Steele said earlier this week. At least 16 state leaders are now backing a resolution that would pressure Steele to adopt their partisan rhetoric by calling on the Democratic party to rename itself the “Democrat Socialist Party”:
RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee call 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.
The Washington Times writes, “It is the first time in memory that a sitting national leader of the Republican Party has faced a public challenge over his ideological leadership by conservative members of his own national committee.” Both Oliver Willis and Steve Benen see the resolution as “evidence of broader trouble for Steele.”