Platform Battles in National Conventions
Before the approaching national political conventions get down to the business of making presidential and vice presidential nominations, they will adopt the platforms on which the respective parties and their nominees will base their appeal to the voters. Although the platform purports to chart the course which the government will follow in domestic and foreign affairs for four years, if the party is entrusted with power, it frequently elicits no more than perfunctory attention from convention delegates. As often as not they will approve without discussion the draft submitted by the resolutions committee. Such ready acceptance may signify either an absence of controversial issues or a willingness, in the interests of party harmony, to abide by compromises worked out after ...