In keeping with a popular theme among Republicans these days that suggests that the path out of the wilderness and into the hearts of American voters is to take the Republican Party even further to the right, because it simply hasn't been conservative enough, a chorus of Republican voices piped up this week with a brilliant new idea. A group of Republican National Committee (RNC) members has introduced a resolution to rename the Democratic Party the "Democrat Socialist Party."
According to Politico, James Bopp, Jr., RNC member and Right-wing whack-job, said that President Obama wanted to, "restructure American society along socialist ideals... The proposed resolution acknowledges that and calls upon the Democrats to be truthful and honest with the American people by renaming themselves the Democrat Socialist Party... Just as President Reagan's identification of the Soviet Union as the 'evil empire' galvanized opposition to communism, we hope that the accurate depiction of the Democrats as a Socialist Party will galvanize opposition to their march to socialism."
Bopp and 15 of his cohorts submitted the resolution to RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who, despite his support of the resolution in principle, wisely opined that perhaps, "these proposed resolutions will accomplish little than to give the media and our opponents the opportunity to mischaracterize Republicans." I'll leave it to our humble readers to determine who is mischaracterizing whom, or, for that matter, if people who live in glass houses should throw stones...
I read a comment today (sorry, I forget the source) that suggested that this stunt could backfire: There's a chance that instead of damaging President Obama's popularity by associating him with socialism, the net result of such a move might actually be to make Americans more amenable to socialilsm, as either a concept or just as a moniker. That is to say that Obama's popularity might heighten the appeal of whatever it is that Americans associate with him.