After the Democrats made a hasty move to restore God and a policy about Jerusalem into their national platform, from which they’d earlier been expunged, I see a lot of headlines (and tweets) about this video, and describing convention attendees as “booing God and Jerusalem.”
If, in fact, that’s what they’re doing, you gotta think that (especially for the so-called “smart” party**), that’s pretty dumb. Not only do you not put those optics out there, you also don’t give an impression that you’re done with God or weak on God’s holiest spot, Jerusalem, and you especially don’t do it when the headlines are blaring that your policy on Jerusalem is so oblique as to be indeterminable. You want to take a stand. You want your position to be clear, or at least seem clear.
And what better way to do that, while managing to absolve any one person of responsibility for a possibly-controversial position than to follow the voices of the people!
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. As Rebecca says, it was hardly a slam-dunk.
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.”
I agree with Mollie Hemingway who writes:
I’m not sure if they were booing God, Jerusalem, Villaraigosa’s violation of the democratic process or some combination therein. But that’s not going to make for a pretty campaign commercial.
Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit writes:
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?
It’s okay, the press is in suicide prevention mode, so the Dems will survive this. The missteps will fly down the memory holes and by Friday we’ll see pictures of Barack Obama looking like Miss America, except for ballgown and flowers.
**THE SMART PARTY** (As I write this Elizabeth Warren has not yet spoken, but to start: “Give this president a Democratic Senate and he can get results.”
“Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) appeared to botch American and Brooklyn political history during an appearance on “The Colbert Report” that aired Tuesday night, saying that slavery in the United States persisted under the Dutch as late as 1898.”
“I decided to do the right thing” and not let her husband vote
Lost in the face of irony
UPDATE: There is some debate about whether President Obama originally okayed the initial God-removing change to the platform. According to this report:
President Barack Obama . . . supported a Democratic Party platform change that does not state that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It was a dramatic change from what the president said when he was running for office the first time.
An Obama campaign official told The Cable late Wednesday that the change in platform was made to reflect the personal views of Obama, who believes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and who “personally intervened” to ask for the platform change.
Politico says Obama saw the platform and signed off on it before the convention. Perhaps he didn’t read it. He’s busy.
Believe what you want, of course — everyone will, anyway — but I think it would be a very good idea, if Obama does indeed believe that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, that he let Chuck Schumer and Jay Carney know about it.
UPDATE III: DaTechGuy has a roundup of reactions to the vote.
UPDATE IV: Holy smokes! What color is the sky in Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s world?