Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DNC boos putting God into the platform

Something fascinating happened off peak hours, and was therefore largely unseen, at the Democratic National Committee today.  The DNC suspended the rules of the convention and inserted language back into the platform.
It was called to a voice vote. Representatives there have made it clear that they did not have a quorum present to do so, and even then, the new language was not voted in favor of. In fact, it was booed.
The language in question- putting the word "God" back into the statement "we need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."
" Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."
Yes, that was booed.
Need more proof?

Both statements were in the 2008 party platform. The DNC had approved a platform the night before. Restoring the mention of Jerusalem goes along with what advisers said was the president's personal view, if not the policy of his administration. The administration has long said determining Jerusalem's status was an issue that should be decided by Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks, but has been careful not to state that Jerusalem is Israel's capital.
There is no question about it though. What happened around 5 pm ET today did not reflect the views of the majority of delegates at the convention. The vote had to be taken 3 times and even then, it is something of a stretch to say it passed with a majority (if they even had a 2/3 quorum present). After it passed it was loudly booed in the convention hall. 
Only time will tell if we will get an answer as to why these two defining and religious changes were made. Only time will tell why they were left out in the first place. 
But one thing is for sure, the reaction by the delegates may be the most telling part of the entire thing.

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