I have not really paid a ton of attention to the nominating conventions. For the most part, they are not covered well and the real business takes place off camera. That’s the way things get done in politics and in business. This is the first time that I can remember seeing something this blatant take place over a platform item.
Go view the clip, then come back.
So there you have it. The party was criticized for leaving out those two clauses from their platform. The GOP was very clear in their position and the Dems were criticized because they omitted a position. They chose to fix it. Should have been an easy layup. Voice vote, low attendance. The guy at the podium had no clue what to do with those results, and then rather than refer it to a floor vote just rammed it through.
Two points. Why was there so much opposition to these two clauses? They seem foundational and fundamental, for a country that was founded by Puritans that had been run out of Europe for their religious beliefs a position recognizing the Christian God should not be controversial. Extend that to the Jerusalem part of the plank. Another group that historically have been an important part of the Democratic Party, and that like the Puritans were essentially persecuted out of Europe as well as the Middle East but the plank is vocally opposed by the delegates.
I am very puzzled by this position taken by the delegates. It will be very interesting to see if the mainstream media covers this one at all.