So we've discussed how the Democratic Party had removed any mention of God in its platform. It had also removed any mention of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Neither of these omissions sat well with parts of the party and so there was a move when the convention opened tonight to put them back in. Easy peasy, right?
All it took was a simple 2/3 vote in the affirmative to get those references back in. Except when Convention Chair (and Los Angeles Mayor) Antonio Villaraigosa asked for people to vote, it was split down the middle at best. In my own view, neither side had a clear majority. Others, including those who were in the hall, say the "no" voters had a majority. No one thinks that Villaraigosa's opinion -- that the ayes had 2/3 majority -- is based in fact.
Anyway, he takes a vote multiple times, ignores the advice of a woman who explains to him that he can't force the vote, and says the "ayes" have it. And the crowd boos.
You can watch for yourself here:
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.