Charlotte, N.C. – While delegates waited for President Barack Obama’s speech tonight, Wednesday’s bungled handling of a fix to the Democratic platform – restoring the word “God” and reinserting the assertion that Jerusalem is the rightful capital of Israel – filled the news gap.
CNN this morning was filled with stuttering from Democratic leaders, who gave assurances that Obama was the fellow who insisted that the fix be made.
After this morning’s breakfast meeting of the Georgia delegation, several state lawmakers – including Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson of Decatur — recognized that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had failed to handle his gavel properly.
In charge of the debacle, Villaraigosa called for three voice votes before he gaveled the issue to a close – and each vote sounded the same. The first mistake, of course, was removing the words in the first place.
“It was a boneheaded decision, said U.S. Rep. David Scott of Atlanta. “I was just as upset as i could be but I was so proud of President Obama. He said, Nope, we’re putting God back in there and we’re putting Jerusalem back in there, and I think that gave him an opportunity to show how concerned he was about it.”
U.S. Rep. Adam West, R-Fla., has tried to stoke the issue with this ad today:
But there’s some push-back as well. George Bennett of the Palm Beach Post said the “Jerusalem” issue has pushed Florida Democrats into a corner:
Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel has rejected a call from Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith to resign over Siegel’s statement that fundamentalist Christians want to see Jews “slaughtered.”
Siegel instead will take an “indefinite leave of absence,” Smith said after huddling with Siegel and Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon and state Rep. Lori Berman for about an hour this morning at the Florida delegation hotel.
Here’s the video that sparked the Florida furor, posted on a conservative website:
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider