Controversial Democratic platform gets a rewrite
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:53
- Date Sep 5, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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I'll do that one more time.
All those delegates in -- say -- -- those delegates opposed say no.
In the opinion of the chair two thirds of voted in the affirmative the motion is -- not dead.
Another left arm has been amended -- -- -- on -- -- Well it is obviously tell if the narrative that is being presented on your station and clear channel and your network -- the Democrats are godless.
They ought to know.
God is not a franchise of the Republican Party so what do Matthew.
Just ask -- why I'm not drawing conclusions they know what's going.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Really standing up because it's the Democrats and Republicans are committed to Israel's future and security that I -- -- -- -- -- -- have a -- tournament I'm just asking the question why was it worth taking -- -- I'm just telling you you're harping on the.
Well we asterisk David from senator Durbin after Democrats did adjust that platform today and the voice vote that you heard there.
We haven't heard back from the senator but we will hear from our panel let's bring the men Jonah Goldberg had large editor of national review you.
Review online Charles -- opinion writer for the Washington Post and Steve -- senior writer for the weekly standard.
Okay Steve it's been quite -- 24 hours.
It has been apparently you were not in fact harping on -- tried and senator Durbin said it was a serious question I think we still don't have an answer.
We still don't know why the language was dropped and -- Charles suggested earlier and we talked about last night.
These things don't happen unless there's a reason that they have so there was some discussion about why this line which he dropped that he would change in policy.
And we don't know but taking a step back looking at the big picture I think if you enter a political convention like this.
There's a very basic rules you don't want to anger.
The president you want -- experience the First Lady you don't want to put a delegates in a position where they're -- god in Jerusalem this.
Especially on videotape it's a bad moment for the Democrats -- -- to be included.
And all of the coverage of the convention I don't know if it'll overshadow Bill Clinton probably not but it'll certainly be part of the story.
Chuck Ed Henry just confirm the Associated Press report earlier the President Obama specifically intervened on the platform changes we understand that platforms.
Define -- candidates.
Are saying but at least for this week they are part of the story.
But people we're learning here today is that they are from the silly deal bloody good -- if you mess and all that you -- -- -- -- -- Com I don't know why -- Jerusalem saying this dropped out of this plus conditioner and there's sort of for the Cleveland.
News and maybe assistant state.
I'll tell -- this the Republican platform is different this year on Jerusalem to every Republican platform since 1996.
Has -- forward moving of US embassy from -- Jerusalem every single one and 996 except for this year that's not in the Republican platform this year.
You wonder why it could be just an accident oversight plan these things happened that Republicans have had their convention -- where -- put them.
That's did not -- should add about Ed -- reporting he said that the president according to senior aides and his response on the god being taken out.
Was quote why did it change in the first place.
On the Israel.
I find that one more example of Israel being thrown under the bus by the president for us at that at this stage like this.
The taken action of that nature deceased calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel this is a very troubling development and I think one which will be.
Recognized for what it is by people across America and across the world.
And obviously that was before the chain.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Well yeah we know about platforms is that they are what.
Party rank and file want people to believe the party believes whether or not they're binding or they -- president accountable to him or anything like that is another matter.
And I thought that's him -- this is we've had.
A press -- a political establishment for decades that has -- about how these things -- so scripted.
Another note organic natural spontaneous moments we have one here.
And just a simple news value that is a big big deal.
-- I think this is probably well as someone earlier was saying an unforced error I think that the the President Obama whatever he actually believes that understood how incredibly stupid it was -- to do this -- on the god part.
And I think we saw that they recognize this in Durban is childish outburst yesterday with you.
Clearly they just didn't have a -- against Courtney thought but he could just pound the table bluster his way through.
New York senator Chuck Schumer was asked about all of this today Steve and he said he thought -- -- what the democratic position ones that Jerusalem as the capital.
He said he didn't know what the president's position he says you'll have to ask him.
Com we heard earlier that white house Press Secretary Jay Carney -- was asked about it -- a few weeks ago and he had.
Kind of a non answer to the question is there are -- issue here on this specific point out for the administration's.
Well it looks I mean I think the president is probably at some point gonna have to come out and clarify yet again what his position is because you heard.
It Jay Carney sort of danced around a real issue talking about it as a final status issue -- not wanting to go where.
It seems they've gone and so you could have a situation where the White House is now.
Intention with the democratic platform so I think we're likely to see another clarification.
In the coming days.