The Democratic National Convention dissolved into unexpected procedural chaos Wednesday afternoon when the party sought to placate critics and insert language pledging allegiance to an undivided Jerusalem.
Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, the Los
Angeles Mayor, called for a vote on a motion to amend the platform,
whose changes since 2008 had drawn intense criticism from Republicans
and no real defense from leading Democrats, who cast the omissions as
oversights rather than policy statements.
The delegates on the
floor, though, appeared not to be in on the plan: Villaraigosa called
for a voice vote three times, with Ayes rivaling Nays, and then forced
through an affirmative over an unclear and noisy situation on the floor.
delegates told BuzzFeed they were dismayed by the chaos, and some
objectors said they voted “no” because Villaraigosa had not explained
the move. Other said they believed the vote reflected hostility to
Israel among the delegates. (Continues)