Democracy in action

Jerusalem change made to party platform, over loud objections

Democratic delegates narrowly reinstated to their party platform Wednesday the position that Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing an omission that had angered some Jewish organizations and drew criticism from Republicans that President Obama was distancing the United States from Israel.

The amendment to the platform, which essentially returns to the platform language in the 2008 version, was introduced by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. It was put to a voice vote by Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, who had to call for it three times before determining that the amendment had two-thirds majority.

The vote far from clear, however, and left many delegates on the floor angry over the outcome – some booing and shaking their fingers at Villaraigosa.

That sure didn’t sound like 2/3 of the delegates to me. They must be using Obama rules.

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54 Responses to Democracy in action

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Donna Brazile must have been counting the votes.

  2. cj says:


    Wait, Democratic conventioneers vocally rejected God THREE times? Were silver pieces involved?

    • angienc says:


      But it was Peter who denied Jesus 3x before the cock crowed (no money involved); Judas betrayed him for 30 piece of silver right off the bat.

      • swanspirit says:

        Speaking of cocks crowing , I just heard “Obama personally intervened to change the platform ” oh sure , after it was all over the news , did he think no one would notice ? Also heard they used the lower the microphones on the nays and up the the ones for the yeas and tell the yeas to YELL really loud , because that amendment did not pass !

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  3. myiq2xu says:

    UPDATED: A source familiar with the move confirmed it to POLITICO, adding that the language is being changed “to reflect the president’s personal view.”

    The source added that officials “took action to make sure that the platform reflected the president’s views. Unlike Mitt Romney who tried to claim last week that the GOP platform didn’t reflect his views when he did nothing to change it.”

    • cj says:

      Really? So why have his spokespeople scrambling all over themselves trying to avoid saying it?

      You should see Paul Begala right now on CNN. Ari Fleisher is all over him.

    • angienc says:

      Spin, spin, spin. Bunch of bullshit — they can say whatever they want, but the video speaks louder then they do. This all boils down to Obama’s incompetence & not managing his platform committee properly, all of which could have been entirely avoided. And if he can’t manage his platform committee, he certainly can’t manage a country with people who don’t automatically agree with him.

  4. All the empty chairs in that arena must have voted Aye!

  5. angienc says:

    I have no idea if this is the real Chuck Woolery, but I hope it is:

    • cj says:

      lol! This whole thing just gets better & better. Right after the booing clip, CNN pairs Judas Richardson with Sununu…and asks him about Bill Clinton’s speech! I laughed so hard I scared the dog!

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Security kicked conservative blogger Kira Davis out of an MSNBC pavilion at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina Wednesday after showing support for Republican Mitt Romney.

    Security officers, accompanied by a US Secret Service agent, removed Davis from the area after displaying a sign saying she was a black conservative who intended to vote for Mitt Romney in the November presidential election. Davis, who made headlines for a video response to MSNBC personality Touré’s use of a racial slur, was approached by security just seconds after she posted her handmade sign.

    Ms. Davis immediately complied with the order to put down her sign and ask if she could remain in order to get a drink and food at the pavilion. The private security guard said that she had to leave immediately even if she threw away her sign, because her companions, including Tabitha Hale, Brandon Darby, and me, had cameras. When it was pointed out that most other people at the pavilion also had cameras and were using them, the security guard was unmoved.

  7. HELENK says:

    I have been reading about Romney being cheap with money.
    He must be thrilled with how much the democrats save him in TV ad by just using their words and actions.
    No actors to hire. No crews. Just videos that do show the difference between parties

  8. HELENK says:

    elizabeth warren and the cherokee people

    why are the DNC letting her speak

  9. myiq2xu says:

  10. myiq2xu says:

  11. Now THIS is political theater. They were never going to change the platform. But they need something to show Jewish voters, which they are bleeding from the jugular, that they were still on their side. They had nothing before, now they have a take-away and a give-back. They act like Jewish voters are toddlers who can be easily fooled. We’ll see if that’s true come November.

    Romney has effectively split the Jewish vote, and Dems are panicked about it.

    • swanspirit says:

      Oh i don’t know , for some reason I think they put it back in because it was creating such a furor on the news . and I also think they do not discriminate against the Jews . They think we are ALL STUPID !

  12. angienc says:

    AND in “couldn’t have planned it better” news, right on cue Mitt is on FOX (in a PRE-taped interview — I know because it was teased on Megan Kelly’s show earlier) talking about why USA needs to support Israel, the $16 trillion deficit & 47 million people on food stamps.

  13. HELENK says:

    between this and the backtrack calender and the poster of him as Jesus, the democratic party has lost it’s mind.

  14. carol haka says:

    Welll, is Bill getting ready to lose any goodwill and respect he has regained by standing up there and committing treason by bald face lying to the American people about the loser-in-chief? Is he just a cheap drugstore politician worth only the value of the payoff? I pray tp GOD he’s not. Man-up Bill, you love this country. Prove it! 👿

  15. swanspirit says:

    Cant wait for the headlines , Democrats BOO GOD AND JERUSALEM what PR …still laughing here ..

  16. wmcb says:

    Hubby is an atheist, and even he says that booing God was like the stupidest political move ever.

  17. myiq2xu says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell – “These things happen all the time”

  18. JohnSmart says:

    Godgate! I love it! That clip of the vote is surreal. And hilarious. Expect the same – attempted – result in November.

  19. HELENK says:

    the Godgate debacle might overtake the empty chair as a symbol of the democratic party

    • Jadzia says:

      According to the article, her parents brought her here as an 8 year old when THEY entered the country illegally. I don’t think she had much of a choice, and if she were deported at this point she likely would be a stranger in a strange land. I actually feel really sorry for children who end up in this situation. Not to mention what happens when parents like this end up having more kids and you wind up with a family that is half undocumented and half US citizen. There are just no good solutions here.

  20. swanspirit says:

    Bereket Kelile ‏@BKelile

    Looks like they put God and Israel into the convention the way they put Obamacare into law #DNC2012
    Retweeted by Jennifer L

  21. carol haka says:

    Ha! Governor Brewer just affirmed by Federal court. Let me see your papers! 👿

  22. HELENK says:

    rain, bedbugs, root canal, twisted ankle, can not give away enough free tickets, so speech moved indoors, no balloons, having Monica Lewiski’s rabbi speak after Bill Clinton, deny God 3 times and get a video while doing so, insult Israel, have an Illegal immigrant as a speaker.

    and it is not over yet

  23. gxm17 says:

    UFB. I thought the DNC was taking place in Charlotte not Crazytown. I guess they can blame the light turnout on all the progbots who couldn’t find the wormhole to Bizarro World.

  24. 49erDweet says:

    Somehow or another – and I cannot figure out just how he did it – but Bush is absolutely at fault for this Godgate mess.

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