The Quicken Loans Arena will host the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
GOP officials are nervously fixated on a looming floor fight for the party’s presidential nomination but before that drama ensues, a smaller pool of delegates and party officials must take care of some relatively little-noticed business that could also prove troublesome: drafting the Republican Party’s platform.
The platform is the quadrennial distillation of what Republicans believe, a tome tens of thousands of words on topics ranging from Middle East policy to farm subsidies. It’s a difficult document to write under even normal circumstances, pitting the GOP’s multitude of factions against one another as they battle over tiny tweaks in language that will alter what the party does — and doesn’t — stand for.