Antonio Villaraigosa has a great future to him as a Russian Basketball referee come Olympic time.
Did I actually see the Democrats need three tries to add “God” & “Jerusalem” back to their platform?
Did I actually see the Democrats lose their voice vote three times to change their platform and only pass their amendment due to a tin ear.
Did I actually see CNN focus on Arab Democrats very Angry?
Did I actually hear the hall BOO THE INSERTION OB GOD BACK IN THE PLATFORM ON INTERNATIONAL TV?
I’m sorry as the 11th Doctor said when first meeting the Vampire Ladies in Vampires of Venice “It’s Christmas”
Update: partial video (last vote)
Update 2: Replacing the partial video with the full one, simply Amazing:
If the Dems want to see an example of Vote Fraud, they just demonstrated it live.
Update 3: Here is Buzzfeed:
The delegates on the floor, though, appeared not to be in on the plan: Villaraigosa called for a voice vote three times, with Ayes rivaling Nays, and then forced through an affirmative over an unclear and noisy situation on the floor.
Several delegates told BuzzFeed they were dismayed by the chaos, and some objectors said they voted “no” because Villaraigosa had not explained the move. Other said they believed the vote reflected hostility to Israel among the delegates.
Democratic party leaders last night weren’t anxious to answer questions about why the words “God” and “Jerusalem” had been removed completely from the party platform. This afternoon, however, Democrats restored the language via voice vote — amid loud boos from convention delegates — after former Ohio governor Ted Strickland introduced two amendments to restore both.
Chuck Todd Tweeted:
How do you mess up God and Jerusalem politics in 2012? As well organized as the convo was MESSAGE wise yesterday, that was a BAD fumble
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) September 5, 2012
Meanwhile the founder of Daily Kos was not amused:
Yesterday, Democrats were strong and proud. Today, they caved to conservative bullshit.
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) September 5, 2012
and here is Hotair
That’s the second time in 24 hours that Obama’s been forced to disclaim responsibility for some terribly counterproductive messaging at the convention. Weird how the rank-and-file have these crazy ideas that he in no way shares, isn’t it?
Update 4: When even Paul Begala is hitting you for mistakes, that’s bad:
Update 5: More reactions CNN
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement that they “welcome reinstatement to the Democratic platform of the language affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Together, these party platforms reflect strong bipartisan support for the US – Israel relationship,” the statement read.
“Although today’s voice vote at the Democratic National Convention was unclear, the Democratic Party has acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Obama has repeatedly refused to say the same himself,” she charged. “Now is the time for President Obama to state in unequivocal terms whether or not he believes Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.”
The Democratic party has been taken over by the slimeballs. What could go wrong?
It’s really pretty stunning to think people whose living is made in politics would omit the word “God” in an official party platform. Faith worked fine for me, but then I’m a rebel Episcopalian that prefers contemplative meditation, so I tend not to get upset about things like this.
As for omitting a statement about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it was just plain stupid. It’s another basic political issue on which no nuance can be offered in American politics. A water’s edge issue. It’s also something I was pretty sure would be rectified, while waiting for it to happen.
And JHPolitics actually does an audio comparison.
This is the gift that’s going to keep on giving right on till election day.
Update 5: The Anchoress
It seems to me the booing had nothing to do with God or Israel and plenty to do with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calling a 2/3 majority when the vocal responses sounded like at least a 50/50 division (and perhaps even a 60/40 for the nays) to many ears, including mine. Villaraigosa himself looked pretty discomfited making the call.
Put it more succinctly, the optics have gone from bad (i.e., “this party hates God and Jerusalem”) to even worse: “this party makes a show of listening, then does what it damn pleases.”
Then again, that last is merely an affirmation of what what has been known at least since the Democrat-led house and senate passed Obamacare in the face of public resistance and polling, and the president said, “eat your peas.”
And the American Thinker:
If a Republican convention had suffered similar fiascoes in the same day, the media would be claiming the convention was verging on chaos.
Update 6: More reactions Nice Deb:
And just asking a question is no longer deemed “fair and balanced” by denizens of the Democrat shame culture. The only thing that inspires them to change course is fear of the kind of exposure that leads to reprisals. The specter of lost Christian and Jewish votes is reprisal enough for these shameless Dems to “carp on trifles!”
Babalu Blog notes the Teleprompter:
No wonder these guys support Castro, they use the same voting system
The Republican noise machine, then, successfully changed the Democratic platform document, a day after the fact. For context, there were lots and lots of liberals who spoke out about deficiencies in the platform, on housing, on civil liberties, on all kinds of subjects. None of them merited a change. But when one Weekly Standard writer and a group of trolls carp, Democrats leap to attention. Never mind that this kind of tactic never once leads to conservatives somehow letting up on their criticism. The olive branches never lead to anything positive.
What we saw last night is how Democrats often talk and campaign. What you saw today with the platform is how they govern.
Check out the comments, they are classic.
Update 7: I’d call this a significant headline:
Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, a campaign source said, but did not seek to change it until after Republicans jumped on the omissions of God and Jerusalem late Wednesday. And even then, it had to be forced through a convention hall full of delegates who nearly shouted down the change.
Let me remind you of Rush Limbaugh’s words today
All they did was try to convince people that they are not who they really are, because they know they can’t win doing that.
If you didn’t believe that before you ought to believe it now