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Democrats Add 'God', Jerusalem Language Back into Platform Amid Awkward Vote, Booing from Delegates: VIDEO


Earlier today I reported on the removal of "God" from the Democratic platform and the fuss the right-wing was making over it. This afternoon, in a voice vote which was taken three times (in a procedure which provoked much confusion), "God" was put back in the platform, as was language declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Watch the awkward vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz released a statement:

“The platform is being amended to maintain consistency with the personal views expressed by the President and in the Democratic Party platform in 2008. Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.

“It has been the policy of both Republican and Democratic administrations for decades that Jerusalem is a final status issue to be negotiated directly between the two parties, as part of discussions to achieve a two-state solution that secures the Jewish state and homeland. Our Party platform already expresses strong support for the peace process and makes clear the steps that any Palestinian partner must take to be a part of such a process  -- recognizing Israel’s right to exist, rejecting violence, and adhering to existing agreements.”

Buzzfeed reports that Obama personally intervened to put the language back in.

Watch the awkward vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. And everything was going so well

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 5, 2012 7:43:42 PM

  2. They should've just let everything how it was.

    Posted by: Emmy | Sep 5, 2012 8:01:22 PM

  3. Ah, the classic Democratic pandering. Might upset 0.00001% of the voters by not mentioning god so better put it in. Republicans make something out of nothing and they just bend over for it.

    It gets so old.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Sep 5, 2012 8:04:50 PM

  4. The should have left it as is but no... a little whining from the religious right and FOX to demonstrate they too can control the Democratic party - which is what they have just accomplished - and the Democrats cave. What a bunch of freakin' wussies. Democrats have no balls.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 5, 2012 8:17:08 PM

  5. And now the rightwing has some ugly damaging optics and sound for a campaign ad that will depict Democrats as anti-God and anti-Jerusalem, which we don't need in swing states. That booing was politically unwise. They handed the Repubs a tasty morsel on a platter. Dems need to be smarter about optics.

    Posted by: Javier | Sep 5, 2012 8:19:16 PM

  6. Ugh!

    Posted by: castaway | Sep 5, 2012 8:26:35 PM

  7. Hallelujah! God bless Barack Obama, the Democratic party, marriage, and America. This is unquestionably the best major party platform in history.

    Posted by: DB | Sep 5, 2012 8:56:32 PM

  8. God and Gay are both 3 letter words and aren't mutually exclusively.

    Posted by: Gast | Sep 5, 2012 9:06:18 PM

  9. Democrats caving to Fox. Disgusting.

    Posted by: Modern Meet | Sep 5, 2012 9:13:37 PM

  10. Extremely disappointing and will be played up by Faux News and the RNC to their advantage.
    Just when it was thought the DNC had grown a pair last night-very sad afternoon insert into the platform.

    Posted by: nick | Sep 5, 2012 9:48:24 PM

  11. Can't they put Superman and the Justice League in their platform too? Since they are just as real as this mofo god crap. And who gives a fart about Jerusalem? I want Dublin on the platform. Now there is a capital city.

    Posted by: Otkon | Sep 5, 2012 10:00:02 PM

  12. Here's a prayer: Please, non-existent invisible person in the sky, help the democrats lose this election. Don't help the republicans win either, just, make it all go away in a fiery hell storm.

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 5, 2012 10:10:13 PM

  13. Yo Americans, Please remember the Founding Fathers were really big on the separation of Church and State.... God is Your Choice.

    Posted by: John Normile | Sep 5, 2012 10:15:01 PM

  14. Meh! I could care less one way or another. The platform already spoke of "faith" so, it was already implicit, no big deal. As for Jerusalem, whatever... just reiterating the status quo. At least Obama is taking responsibility of the party platform - Romney is afraid of his...

    Another example where Obama is showing leadership, whereas Romney has none. You can disagree with the content of the platform, but make no mistake - at least Obama has the balls to take ownership. Romney is a shell.

    Posted by: MikeH | Sep 5, 2012 10:48:36 PM

  15. Leaving God out of the platform was divisive. I don't believe in a God, but I know most other Americans and Democrats do, and it should be included. Democrats were going to get hammered either way once the decision was made not to include it

    Posted by: Mike C. | Sep 5, 2012 10:52:48 PM

  16. Big whoop couldn't care less about the god thing and that is the capital of Israel it's no different than saying London is the capital of the UK.

    Posted by: Lee | Sep 5, 2012 10:55:15 PM

  17. There are photos showing the teleprompter Villa-ignorosa was reading clearly saying "As we have voted in the affirmative...." but NO, he has to hold the vote three times. Three times. He should have stuck to the script. Hilarious.

    Posted by: Markus | Sep 5, 2012 11:07:18 PM

  18. There is another document, a bit more important than a party platform, in which the name God never appears, It is the United States Constitution. Yep, our Founding Fathers wrote the fundamental law of this land without mentioning GOD!

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 5, 2012 11:18:04 PM

  19. American politics, it's unbelievable.

    Someone please explain to me how the hell the location of Israel's capitol becomes 'important' in an American election?

    I know USA isn't the only country where opinions on Israel are important (for some), but this seems way out of porportions.

    Posted by: Tanoka | Sep 6, 2012 12:10:36 AM

  20. Extremely sad to see the Democrats cave in on this issue. I was so glad to see we weren't pandering to the religious right, but damn if we didn't take a step back fifty years. We're electing a president not a frikkin' pope. I wish I could live to see the day when religion is finally booted out of politics in this country.

    Posted by: Walt | Sep 6, 2012 12:42:10 AM

  21. Extremely sad to see the Democrats cave in on this issue. I was so glad to see we weren't pandering to the religious right, but damn if we didn't take a step back fifty years. We're electing a president not a frikkin' pope. I wish I could live to see the day when religion is finally booted out of politics in this country.

    Posted by: Walt | Sep 6, 2012 12:42:10 AM

  22. Here is the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans: The Republicans ignored criticism about the divisive and controversial elements of their platform while the Democrats corrected the problems with their platform. The changes don't alter the substance or spirit of the platform but may help to attract more voters. Great move by the Democrats.

    Posted by: Ken | Sep 6, 2012 12:44:39 AM

  23. That was clearly not a 2/3 vote, even on last attempt. In such a close case, they needed to cast ballots.


    Posted by: Randy | Sep 6, 2012 1:14:57 AM

  24. In a democracy as big and diverse as ours you have to put together a platform that appeals to a majority of the voters or you will be on the outside looking in. Purists need not apply. Pragmatism and compromise are the keys to success.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 6, 2012 1:33:04 AM

  25. "Pragmatism and compromise are the keys to success."

    The state and fed have no right to force anyone's "God" on anybody, much less make "God" part of a platform.

    "God" belongs in church, not in the government.

    But I get what you're saying, it's all just words, meaningless words that have no bearing on anything, so why should anyone really care ?

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Sep 6, 2012 2:59:02 AM

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