If you thought things could only get better for Democrats after the first disastrous day of their 2012 convention, you were wrong. They got much, much worse.
First off, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continued to embarrass herself by doubling down on her claims that The Washington Examiner‘s Phil Klein misquoted her on Israel. The DNC even put out a statement reading. “The Examiner’s piece should be seen for what it is, a blatant misrepresentation of the facts by a conservative outlet.”
But then PolitiFact.org investigated the story from beginning to end, obtaining comments directly from Wasserman Schultz own staff trying to explain her side of the story. PolitiFact’s verdict: “She did make the remark she said she didn’t make, and we rate her claim Pants on Fire.”
Audio clip of Wasserman Schultz:
Here’s our transcript of her remarks:
“We want you to be armed with the facts. So we are going to give you those facts. We have a one-page document that succinctly describes President Obama’s stellar record on Israel. We have a six-page document as well, because we’re Jews and one page really isn’t enough,” she said which drew laughter from her audience. “And we have a myths versus facts document, which addresses a lot of the typical baloney that is spewed by Republicans. Let me just close by telling you this and sharing this with you. We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel. They are undermining Israel’s security by suggesting that the United States and Israel don’t have anything other than a unique and close and special relationship. It undermines Israel’s security to its neighbors in the Arab world and to its enemies. And we need to make sure that the fact that there has never been and will never be daylight between the two parties or the support for Israel that we have in the United States, that that is conveyed to Jewish Americans across this country, that’s our responsibility, and it’s the responsibility we’re asking all of you to take on….”
Throughout the day, more and more media outlets began reporting on the fact that the Democratic National Platform omitted any reference to “God” and failed to name Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel. Watching these news reports, President Obama himself, who had previously said he had read and personally approved the platform, directed his staff to have both items put back in.
That did not go over well with the delegates on the convention floor.
When convention chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa moved to put “God” and Jerusalem back into the party platform, the Democratic delegates loudly booed. It took three voice votes before Villaraigosa just gave up and just gaveled the motion through. Here is how the event played in the press:
CNN‘s John King: “This Is Keystone Cops”
NBC News’ Chuck Todd: “How Do You Mess Up God And Jerusalem Politics In 2012? … That Was A BAD Fumble.”
CBS: “Democrats Fumble Major Israel Issue, Put Jerusalem As Capital In Platform”
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Later on CNN, after Wasserman Schultz told Brianna Keilar that “There wasn’t any discord” over the platform, Anderson Cooper turned to his panel of analysts and said, “I mean, that’s an alternate universe.”
Yes, one would have to be living in an alternative universe to think this convention was going well for Obama.
SEE: Dick Durbin’s Fiery Exchange With Bret Baier Over “God” Being Removed From Democratic Platform
Also need to see:
How Democrats’ ‘God’ Complex Handed Mitt Romney the Election in Three Minutes:
In just three short minutes, Democrats handed the 2012 election to Republican Mitt Romney.
In a surreal floor vote at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., at 5:04 p.m., long before prime-time viewers flipped on their TVs, delegates split — hard — on whether to include a simple mention of God in their platform, and to declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
“Awkward,” “embarrassing,” “stupid,” “unforced error,” said Democrat Paul Begala. That doesn’t even begin to capture what will be a game-changing event in the presidential election.