Instead of adopting a detailed political party platform setting forth its views on the issues of the day, Republicans delegates to this year's quadrennial national convention chose to adopt a statement that they "enthusiastically" support President Trump.
So if Trump comes out in favor of abortion, higher taxes, increased welfare, reparations, and immigration amnesty, Republicans support those policies? Absolutely! If Dear Leader supports something, that makes it by definition the right policy.
Yeah, that is a personality cult, not a political party.
But wait...I'm sure there have been other occasions when the Republican Party chose against adopting a
Well, maybe not. Using the Google machine, I found that in 1856, the year the Republican Party was founded, it adopted a party platform in conjunction with its first nominee, John C. Freemont. Then the GOP adopted a platform in 1860, 1864, 1868, 1872, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1888, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Yep, every single presidential election since it was founded featured the GOP adopting a party platform. Not once did the Republican Party choose not to adopt a platform enunciating what the party stood for, even when the ticket was lead by statesmen such as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
For the record, I also researched the history of Democratic Party platforms. Founded in 1828, the Democratic Party started adopting platforms in 1840 when it nominated Martin Van Buren for President. Van Buren went on to lose the general election to Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. The Democrats have adopted a party platform for every presidential election since 1840, not missing a single election. FYI, the aforementioned Whig Party was the very first American political party to adopt a platform, which it did in 1832 in support of its nominee Henry Clay.
So, the GOP choosing to adopt a statement in support of Donald Trump instead of a platform enunciating the party's principles is a very big deal indeed.
OOP's short takes:
- Watching the Republican Party make a mockery of the Hatch Act's restrictions on political activity by government officials makes it even more clear that we need to take a good look at ethics laws and how they are enforced. We cannot depend on people complying with the law simply because it is the law. The Trump folks have made perfectly clear they think they are above the law.
- Since the last time I've written about the state of the race several national and state battleground polls suggest the race is tightening. Slightly. The status of the political contest remains about the same. The political model at Five Thirty Eight, gives Trump a 30% chance of winning the Electoral College. I think that's about right.
- But while Trump's chances have improved a bit, Republican Senate incumbents continue to struggle. It is now better than 50-50 odds that the Democrats take back the Senate in 2020.