| So, last night, the State Committee decided to direct the platform committee to add the Romney Platform rather than the RNC Platform and present it back to them.
Hmmm....... well, at least we didn't give the media the "Stupid Republicans adopt Platform Massachusetts Voters Guaranteed to Hate" headline opportunity.
Is the "Romney" platform any better? Well, like the RNC platform, the vast majority of it is not particularly controversial and is often inspirational.
However, like the RNC platform, it is dead on arrival here in Massachusetts. Why?
1. It makes no accommodations for gays in a state where gay marriage began, where it has overwhelming approval from people (the numbers go up every year - now above 60%) and majority support from young Republicans (That's right, Republicans. Don't believe me? Ask around). To make us officially against gay marriage is therefore idiotic. Better to be silent on it.
2. It puts forth no ideas on immigration. Half of all Republicans nationally want comprehensive immigration reform (polls show this consistently) and the number is higher here, for sure. And that's just Republicans. I would guess that 70% of non-Republicans want reform.
3. It also calls on a ban for abortions, but makes a few exceptions, unlike the RNC platform. I think that 80% of voters here want it to be legal.
So... we are now considering adopting three party platform planks guaranteed to turn off the vast majority of voters. Not only that, we will turn them off on issues where there won't even be any votes on them. We're just making them mad and getting nothing in return. Does that make any sense? Only to the RINO hunters, who don't have the power of thinking, I suppose.
Ultimately, the Romney "platform" got 38% of Massachusetts last week, while the RNC platform would probably get around 30% - as it mocks the idea of climate change also, which most people in this state agree is happening. (Romney says it is happening and humans are probably part of the cause.)
Is it too much to ask that our platform appeal to 51% of voters? Or is losing better than winning?
p.s. Oh - the Democratic party said they are very happy that we are going to embrace the Romney platform. You don't have to be Sun-Tzu to know that if your enemy is happy with your battle plans, you need to change them.