CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Early today, Democrats announced that, out of an abundance of caution, they would move President Barack Obama’s Thursday night speech indoor – out of the way of violent thunderstorms.
Maybe they had reason to worry. From the Associated Press, just updated:
Campaign officials say President Barack Obama personally intervened to change language in his party’s platform on Jerusalem and God.
Democrats amended their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention on God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
The officials said Obama’s reaction on the omission of God from the platform was to wonder why it was removed in the first place.
GOP challenger Mitt Romney said omitting a reference to God suggested Democrats were out of touch with mainstream America. Republicans also said omitting a reference to Jerusalem showed Obama was weak on Israel.
The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about private discussions.
From the original file:
Many in the audience booed after the convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, ruled that the amendments had been approved despite the fact that a large group of delegates objected.
He called for a vote three times before ruling.
The party reinstated language from the 2008 platform that said “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.”
The platform also now includes what advisers said was Obama’s personal views on Jerusalem.
Look, the weather decision was a bet that went wrong, and Democrats pulled the plug as best they could.
But this was a pure bungle. Listen to the audio here, courtesy of WSB Radio’s Jamie Dupree:
Obviously, the best way to recover from a mistake is not to make one. The language shouldn’t have disappeared in the first place. But the remedy was flawed as well.
By including the restoration of God and Jerusalem in a single amendment – and then having those boos – Republicans will surely declare that Democrats have offered the Almighty a raspberry. Separate the God and Jerusalem, and you have a smaller problem.
Then, let the matter be handled by someone who knows how to handle a gavel
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider