RNC and DNC: another distinction lost. Or is it?
I believe I said the other day that it is incorrect to refer to the Republican National Convention as the “RNC,” since those initials have always been used to refer to the Republican National Committee, and it would create confusion for the same initials to have two different meanings. The same for “DNC,” which to my mind means the Democratic National Committee, not the Democratic National Convention. However, I see that the Democratic National Convention refers to itself as the “DNC.” Evidently “DNC” now means both the Committee, and the Convention. So it looks as though I’ve lost this debate.
But wait. At the About page of the Republican National Convention I found this:
The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum August 27-30, 2012.
I then searched the site for “RNC,” and in every instance those initials refer to the Committee, not the Convention. For example, there are many references to “Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus.”
So it looks as though the Republican Party is reserving the initials RNC to mean Republican National Committee. They are resisting fashion, and holding on a useful distinction. If only they had showed the same mettle in opposing other fashionable developments, such as the homosexualization of the U.S. military, the acceptance of (democratically elected) jihadists, and the idea that women can have it all.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 03, 2012 07:58 PM | Send