Monday, June 07, 2004

Scary Scary Texans 

OK, so party platforms are essentially meaningless in the United States. We have, by way of the rules of our political game and 200 years of established norms, more or less rejected the notion of "party discipline" at every level of our government.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? It's hard to make a normative judgment, most of the time. These are just the rules we've come up with. On the other hand, as Kevin Drum points out, it's a lot easier to applaud the lack of party discipline when you read the text of the Texas Republican Party's platform (which all candidates for office running on the GOP ticket are required to endorse (or at least pay lip service to)).

The rabid anti-gay and theocratic stuff is actually less surprising (albeit more awful) than the demand to return to the gold standard and the demand for ending judicial review. Maybe this is the year they add the "anti-Daylight Savings Time) plank...

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