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.”
Then it only got worse.
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”
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.
Democratic National Convention
Michael Barone: Day two of the Democratic National Convention
Byron York: Bill Clinton – Please don’t judge Obama by the standards he set
Tim Carney: Did the Democrats just drive the stake through the heart of conventions?
David Freddoso: How Clinton succeeded, and whether it’s enough
Phil Klein: Bill Clinton on Medicare
Obama: In his new book on Obama’s failed debt-deal negotiations, Bob Woodward writes, “It was increasingly clear that no one was running Washington. That was trouble for everyone, but especially for Obama.”
At Human Events, Allan Ryskind notes that, as president, Clinton rejected Obamanomics.
National Review‘s Kevin Williamson responds to Elizabeth Warren’s convention speech.
In Other News
Gallup, August Unemployment Not Looking Good: New Gallup unemployment data suggest an increase in the government’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August when it is reported on Friday, Sept. 7. Barring a sharp reversal in this relationship, the government’s unadjusted unemployment rate might be expected to stay the same or increase in August.
The Wall Street Journal, Europe Outlook Dims as Bank Meets: The euro zone’s economic downturn accelerated during the summer, economic reports Wednesday suggest, raising concerns that even aggressive anticrisis measures from the European Central Bank won’t be enough to keep the euro bloc from sliding into a deep recession.
The New York Times, Greek Government and Public at Odds Over New Cuts: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has been scrambling to seal a deal with his coalition government for fresh cuts to pensions, salaries and other expenses before Greece’s so-called troika of international lenders returns to Athens on Friday to inspect his progress. The country’s next installment of bailout money will depend on his getting a passing grade.
The Washington Post, Hillary Clinton, top Chinese officials air some differences: Hillary Clinton’s overnight stay in Beijing began with vicious personal attacks against her in the government-run media and continued with sharp disagreements with China’s top leaders. Then Clinton was mysteriously stood up by the future leader of the country.
The Los Angeles Times, California controller urges better auditing in teacher pension system: California’s teacher retirement system does not take adequate measures to prevent pension “spiking,” missing opportunities to reduce such abuses by insufficiently auditing benefits, the state controller said Wednesday.
Jennifer Rubin on Bill Clinton’s “long, long speech about the meanie Republicans.”
Firedoglake‘s David Dayen laments the Democrats’ cave in on putting god and Jerusalem back in their platform.
Think Progress report that “tens of thousands” of feminists have signed a petition urging CNN to fire Erick Erickson for calling the DNC line-up of female speakers “The Vagina Monologues.”
The Washington Post‘s Sarah Kliff interviews Sandra Fluke