Needled by Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Democrats hurriedly rewrote their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel after President Barack Obama intervened to order the changes.My two cents - this was all an Obama play for the middle. They changed the party platform and Obama and team didn't know about it? That's hard to believe. Not only do i not believe that, I bet team Obama asked them to do it so that he could demand they put God back in.
The embarrassing reversal was compounded by chaos and uncertainty on the convention floor, requiring three votes before a ruling that the amendments had been approved. Many in the audience booed the decision.
The episode exposed tensions on Israel within the party, put Democrats on the defensive and created a public relations spectacle as Obama arrived in the convention city to claim his party's nomination for a second term.
Think of the timing of the sudden Obama intervention and reversal of the party platform. It's on the same day as Clinton speaks to fire up the center-left wing of the party. The Democrats need more of the voters from the middle if they want to fend off a Romney slow roll towards the presidency. I think Obama ordered the change so he could look distant from the far-left wing of the Democrat party. He's a moderate by comparison.
The booing in the hall? Maybe they ordered that too. If they didn't, the optics are terrible. If they did, the optics may be just what Obama wanted. Will it work? It might make a small difference. This time around a small difference could be a big difference.
It sounds cynical, but with this bunch, I think that's the right frame of mind to view events.