As the body politic continues its evolution, some things change and some stay the same. One thing that has been more or less relegated to the ash heap of history is the Party Platform. it's a relic of a bygone age when principles and policy stances had meaning and one could glean a fairly accurate sense of the parties motives and direction.
That day, I'm sorry to report, is gone! Not that I think there isn't a place for the party platform, on the contrary, I think over simplified talking points look great on the party's website! I just don't think members, especially elected ones, are paying them much attention anymore!
Well, imagine my surprise as I opened my email this morning to find a letter from the the RNC encouraging me to visit a new website and participate in crafting the platform for the next four years! Did you catch that? The next four years? I wonder if that was intentional? more on that down article.
The site is gopplatform2008.com and is put together by what the RNC is calling the Republican Platform Committee:
Welcome to the most grassroots-driven platform development effort in the history of American politics!
The Republican Party is seeking your input as we develop the policies and principles upon which we should stand for the next four years. On this website, you can share your thoughts, participate in polls, and communicate directly with the policymakers who will be shaping the party's agenda. All comments and feedback will be reviewed and taken into full consideration as we prepare for our convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
We hope that this process will guarantee the greatest amount of public input into any platform in American history!
Two things that jumped out at me right away were:
1) The Republican Party is seeking your input as we develop the policies and principles upon which we should stand for the next four years.
As I mentioned above, this looks to be intentional and seems to indicate a) that the RNC only sees a one term McCain presidency or b) Doesn't believe McCain will be victorious in Nov. I can't imagine they really feel this way but it does make one wonder?
2) All comments and feedback will be reviewed and taken into full consideration as we prepare for our convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul
I have a feeling or a suspicion, if you will, that this effort may be an attempt to codify conservative policies and principles and present them in a meaningful way at convention in an attempt to rein in our nominees penchant for embracing centrist to leftist policies and principles!
I may be reading too much in here... but who can blame me?