- Posted September 5, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Sights and sounds of the DNC
Rough 2nd Day Start for DNC
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
After Tuesday's rousing opening of the Democratic National Convention, delegates were ready to march around the walls of Jericho and waiting for the walls to come tumbling down. The chattering class was making the rounds ready to proclaim the election over with President Barack Obama squarely seated for a 2nd term.
But after the convention began today, an under current of discontent was brewing. Many on the right as well as all the media personalities noted two major omissions from the party platform which was approved Tuesday afternoon. The first was that language about Jerusalem being the official capitol of Israel had been removed. Then there was no mention of God in any of the planks. For conservative and moderate Democrats both of these together was too much.
Hastily former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, who chaired the Platform Committee, cobbled together 2 amendments to the platform to reinstate God in the Party of Jefferson and to re-affirm, at the request of the President, that Jerusalem was indeed the capitol of Israel.
Republicans were all a tizzy seeing this as proof that Democrats were the party of the godless seeking to rid all religion from the nation. But Democratic leadership moved quickly to stop what was already a public relations nightmare.
Even the votes to approve the amendments are controversial. The 2nd vote was taken 3 times...each time it seemed that the majority said, "No" to God being invited to the party affair. However, Convention Chairman Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared that by a 2/3's voice vote, the delegates had approved God's admission. The groans were audible along with the sounds of disapproval with the declaration.
How will this play to Citizen Joe and Citizen Jane back in the heartland?
Could this loose votes of independents, moderates and conservative Democrats in November?
From the Cornfield, after closing on such a high note, the Dems stepped in it today.