Now we have this battle brewing among the GOP. From the Detroit News
Conservative activists are preparing to do battle with allies of Sen. John McCain in advance of this summer's GOP convention, hoping to prevent his views on global warming, immigration, stem cell research and campaign finance from becoming enshrined in the party's official declaration of principles.
McCain has not yet signaled the changes he plans to make in the 2004 Republican platform. But many conservatives say they fear wholesale revisions could emerge as candidate McCain seeks to put his stamp on a document that is a paean to the policies and principles of President Bush.
"There is just no way that you can avoid anticipating what is going to come. Everyone is aware that McCain is different on these issues," said Jessica Echard, the executive director of the conservative Eagle Forum. "We're all kind of waiting with anticipation because we just don't know how he's going to thread this needle."
The convention platform is not worth a fight. It is symbolic and nothing more or nothing less. What the REAL platform is not given at the convention, but it given by the combination of all the candidates running for all the partisan seats across this country, from precinct delegate where I'll be serving a fourth term to township trustee to county commissioner to sheriff to state rep to state senate to congress to senate to president. The convention platform is a piece of paper, not a constitution.
I haven't even looked at the current platform until this article. That tells you how important it really is. 92 pages. I only needed to get to page 2 when I found a major domestic policy disagreement. His boondoggle prescription drugs plan and No Child Left Behind. Since when are federal expansions of government republican values? Now where I come from. It's inclusion in the platform doesn't bother me that much. The actions themselves are another story.
I have no problem with a total rewrite. I'd reduce the GOP platform to one sentence. The Republican party supports less government and more freedom. That's it. 92 pages dillutes its value. I'm not reading 92 pages of something that is purely symbolic. What's there may be important to the marketing crowds and cocktail parties in DC, but it isn't that important to real America.
The most important thing though isn't the platform language. It is the grumbling about McCain changing the platform....when it hasn't been changed yet. The wolf hasn't been on the hunt yet. Why is the Eagle Forum raising Hell before there is something to raise Hell about? If McCain is excluding pro-life speakers like Clinton did to Bob Casey Sr in 1992 than I would be raising a little Hell as that would be sending a clear message. We as conservatives need to pick our battles. Be prepared for the wolf, but don't sound the alarm until he's there ready to attack our pets and lifestock. If I was the Eagle Forum, I'd be pushing McCain more on the VP choice and judicial nominees than I would be on platform language.