When the Republican Party adopted their official platform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Tuesday, it was constructed out of some of the most conservative planks in recent memory. Does that mean that a Mitt Romney presidency would be a Tea Party presidency? Not quite, argues John Nichols.

As Nichols explains, while they were authorizing the ultra-right platform, the Romney team has been working to change the party’s own internal rules to make Romney less vulnerable from a primary challenge from the right in 2016.