Early word out of the RNC in Tampa is that Republican leaders are diluting the relevance of such a question. The draft RNC platform seemingly narrows the planks upon which voters can stand. It includes:
- Support for a constitutional amendment to end all abortions without exception for incest and rape.
- Discontinue all federal funding or subsidization of health care plans that that include abortion coverage. (Query whether this would include taxation on such plans offered by employers).
- Support for a constitutional amendment "defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman."
- Endorsement of the Arizona immigration law.
- An explicit rejection of Sharia law. (Really? Really)
But I think the real question is whether the DNC is going to have language that is similarly inflammatory to some of the core values of Centrist voters.
I found John Cassidy's post on the subject to hit a lot of the right notes, while coming from a far-left bent. What I found most interesting was his argument that President Obama really should not be leading in the polls:
Like all political campaigns, Obama 2012 has been plagued by missteps, miscalculations, and internal rivalries. If Axelod/Messina/et al. were going up against a stronger candidate representing a more attractive party, reporters might well be writing stories about the disastrous mistakes they and their boss had made. (Where is Obama’s positive message? How did the White House miss the rise of the Super PACs? Why did the President go out of his way to alienate businesses large and small?)