Trump Also May Not Get the Abortion Plank He Wants
Donald Trump has taken many different positions on abortion, often within the same day. At the moment, he is embracing a fairly standard moderate-Republican point of view, namely that abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is in danger. That is the plank he wants in the Republican platform, but it may not be the one he gets.
This revelation comes from platform committee co-chair Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK) who finds herself in a very tricky position. On one hand, the GOP platform does not generally include the so-called "three exceptions," and to add them would anger the social conservatives and Christians. On the other hand, Fallin is potentially interested in being Trump's running mate, and may want to try to make nice with The Donald. On yet another hand, Fallin just vetoed a bill that would make providing abortions a felony, and she may need to shore up her anti-abortion credentials. A public fight with Trump over the abortion plank would probably help.
Whatever happens on this particular issue, it is becoming clear that the usual custom of deferring to the nominee on platform issues will not be closely observed this year. And so, Donald Trump may end up running on a platform that he essentially ignores. That would not be good for party unity. (Z)
Priebus Is Preparing for a Chaotic Convention
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is heading off to Cleveland with his fingers crossed. Next week, the Rules and Platform committees meet there, and protesters and activists are starting to show up as well. There will be conflict a-plenty both inside and outside the convention hall and Priebus has little control over it. A small, but loud, group of delegates is planning to try to derail Trump's nomination. They probably won't succeed, but if Trump narrowly wins a floor fight, there goes party unity. Nearly all Republicans are hoping and praying that Trump turns down the volume and stops making incendiary remarks, but so far there is little sign that he plans to do so. It's not only Priebus who is worried. For example, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said that Trump "risked losing Arizona because his insults and incendiary rhetoric would chase away independent and Hispanic voters." Many other Republicans feel the same way.
Outside the convention hall, there could be clashes between anti-Trump protesters, pro-Trump supporters, and police. With the country on edge due to the killings of multiple black men by police officers in recent months and well as the killings of five police officers in Dallas, trouble could easily erupt and get more attention than what is going on inside the hall. (V)