It's funny how outrage can cause humans to stop and actually take stock of a situation before going ahead and possibly making a bad decision. That was the case the other day when it was reported that the DNC Committee was going to remove the word "God" from their 2012 platform along with not recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capitol.
However facing unhappy pro-Israel groups amid a Republican-led outcry that included many dissatisfied Democrats, their leadership gathered Wednesday at their presidential nominating convention and made an 11th-hour changes to the party platform to reinstate a reference to God and a declaration that "undivided" Jerusalem is Israel's capital. Eleventh hour eh. No pressure there at all.
There was widespread booing on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa led delegates in three voice votes that sounded, at best, equally divided on whether to restore language from the party's 2008 document. Observers said the boos were directed at Villaraigosa's decision to skip a formal ballot and declare the platform amended.
"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," the amended document read.
The vote also returned this language to the platform: "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."
Here was that controversial vote, which reminded me of the Republicans similar vote screw up last week when John Boehner conducted what appeared to be a scripted vote on the floor of the RNC. (See the blog post "Improper Rule Change" for that video clip)