There was a really interesting moment at the Democratic National Convention yesterday. After being criticized for removing God and Jerusalem from their platform, platform leaders called for a suspension of the rules to have the language reinserted. The revised language included the word God and a reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
When the revision was put to a vote, it was pretty clear that the “no” votes were in the majority. At the very least, the “no’s” were even with the “aye’s.” There certainly was not a clear two-thirds majority in favor of the amendment. So the chair called for two more voice votes, and the “no’s” got louder and louder. Finally, the speaker declared that the “aye’s” had it, and he declared that the amendment had passed.
What does this mean? It means that the delegates do not approve of this part of the platform. So why was it rammed through? CNN reports that President Obama insisted that the language be included, and so it was—even over the protests of the delegates.
The whole thing takes about three minutes to watch, and you can do so below. It is quite the spectacle.