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article imageOp-Ed: RNC Chairman says GOP Platform not 'Romney's platform'

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Aug 21, 2012 in Politics
Reince Preibus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, explained today that the typically understood definition of the "party platform" as being what their candidates stand on while seeking office, no longer applies.
They call it a Party Platform, according to Wikipedia:
A party platform or platform is a list of the actions which a political party, individual candidate, or other organization supports in order to appeal to the general public for the purpose of having said peoples' candidates voted into political office or the professed opinion(s) proposed as part of law(s) or otherwise made into social policies.
But not any longer. Not according to Reince Preibus. Earlier today he said the platform to be approved by the GOP National Convention next week is the REPUBLICAN platform, and not necessarily the platform Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will run on.
Time was, a platform was molded to reflect the core beliefs of the person the party intended to front as its presidential candidate. But in this case, it seems the candidate HAS no core beliefs. So, what is a party to do? Earlier today, Preibus threw all that conventional wisdom aside. See, the GOP wants to run on the premise that life begins at conception. But they don't want the Democrats to be able say that Romney and Ryan would outlaw all abortion -- even in case of rape or incest.
"I think as far as the details of some of these things, like an exception for rape or life of the mother, these are not uncommon differences that candidates have and don't share some of the detail on some of those exceptions," Priebus said on MSNBC. "This is the platform of the Republican Party; it's not the platform of Mitt Romney."
Blatant nonsense. How can it be the party platform, and not be the platform of the candidate? How can the candidate say he is running on his own platform, and not the platform approved by the party at its convention?
In other words, how stupid do they think we really are?
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