GOP Platform Said To Contrast With GOP Convention Image
As Republican delegates adopted a party platform yesterday, a traditional function of the party convention., media reports said the document had a more conservative bent than the party was presenting to the public through its speakers and themes. The AP , for instance, reported the GOP "adopted a platform Monday that rallies behind President Bush's agenda while edging the GOP's social principles further to the right." The platform "puts the party on record although not necessarily on course behind a constitutional ban on gay marriage and reaffirms the position that abortion should be outlawed as well." The New York Times ' take on the platform is that it puts "the political clout of social conservatives" and sets up "a stark contrast with the Democrats for the fall campaign."
GOP Moderates Unhappy With Party's Conservative Trend.
While there appeared to be some grumbling by social conservatives about the Republican Party's effort to project a moderate image at its convention, the New York Times reports "rank-and-file moderates said yesterday that they were unhappy with the direction of a party that is dominated by conservatives." The "paradox of moderate and independent speakers serving as the face of a conservative party with a conservative agenda has left some of the party's centrists in varying states of despair." Many moderates "are irked that in the party's search for independent and undecided voters, it is putting forward moderate candidates but not a moderate agenda, allowing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the New York Democrat, to deride the scene as a Potemkin convention."