Calvin Woodward has a very good column out now about the GOP Platform and its position on gay marriage and abortion rights. Not surprisingly, the platfrom "strongly supports President Bush's call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage." It also allows no room for pro-choice views regarding a woman's right to choose or in the area of stem-cell research. But here's the money quote:
Eli Allagoa, managing director of Republican Youth Majority, said, "We have not asked anyone to compromise their values or change their positions. We have simply asked that our platform reflect the same diversity of opinion as our lineup of prime-time speakers."
Yeah, that would be nice if the platform reflected the stage show that will be produced for voters' consumption.
The language the groups want in the platform reads: "We recognize and respect that Republicans of good faith may not agree with all the planks in the party's platform. This is particularly the case with regard to those planks dealing with abortion, family planning, and gay and lesbian issues. The Republican Party welcomes all people on all sides of these complex issues and encourages their active participation as we work together on those issues upon which we agree."
But it was left out and so we know that their "big tent" is staying it's same, cramped size.
Woodward mentions Cheney's seeming support for states' rights in the question of gay marriage, but doesn't mention how Big Swingin' Dick picked now to make conciliatory noise about the issue just as his party platform was closing the door on conciliation. And that's okay, Mr. Woodward isn't supposed to mind-read. As usual, I want to see the same restraint when he discusses Dems. By the way, Atrios has a good post up about Dick's comments and what they really mean here:
If Big Time Dick wants to argue a legal critique, that's fine. But, he hasn't - he's just thrown out some red meat for the bigots, while exploiting his daughter in the process.