Video: Democrats were against God before they were for Him

posted at 10:01 am on September 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mark Halperin has declared the God Debate a closed issue, but he’s the only one who is.  Jim VandeHei of Politico marvels at the debacle created by Democrats in their attempt to first excise God and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from the party platform, and then attempt to correct the first error by compounding it exponentially with a floor fight.  It’s exactly the kind of distraction that Democrats should have seen coming, and one that left them in the Kerryesque position of being against God before half of them were for him:

It’s not closed on CBS this morning, either.  Their morning show featured key Obama aides David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett attempting to shift blame to everyone else over the platform debacle:

CHARLIE ROSE: He didn’t know it was not in?

VALERIE JARRETT:  He — he was not aware –

DAVID AXELROD: Honestly, Charlie, he had, you know, he was counting on others to — he has some other duties, and responsibilities.  So, when he learned that what had been in the platform had been taken out, he said, “Put it back in.”

ROSE: He learned yesterday?

AXELROD: Yeah.

That, however, conflicts with the version of events the Obama campaign presented to Politico yesterday:

Two platform planks sparked division at the Democratic National Convention here Wednesday.

Things got so bad that President Barack Obama was forced to personally intervene, ordering language mentioning God and naming Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel be added.

Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, a campaign source said, but did not seek to change it until after Republicans jumped on the omissions of God and Jerusalem late Wednesday. And even then, it had to be forced through a convention hall full of delegates who nearly shouted down the change.

So first he was aware of it but chose not to make an issue of it until the controversy arose. Now, he was unaware of it completely until the controversy arose.  Obviously, Team Obama is having trouble getting its story straight, but even beyond that is this question: Is this leadership?


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“Mr. Rose….how would you like a beating? This interview is over!”

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

One must realize that Obama is only a tool and the real objective is to build a pure Marxist state and replace a once great democratic Republic. Wake up people before it’s too late.

rplat on September 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Flip-flopping about flip-flopping.

steebo77 on September 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Us bitter clingers are going to throw them all out in Nov.

Christian Conservative on September 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I would love to see this debate question posed to Obama:

What is the capital of Israel?

aunursa on September 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

It just keeps getting better and better. Lying liars caught lying…again.

kingsjester on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

And yet the Losertarians say the ‘Rats have won the culture war.

Steve Eggleston on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Mark (“Obama came off as sort of a d!ck”) Halperin amazes me. He can be rational unless he’s sitting in between Mika Boobinski and John the Hack Heilemann, and then his brain rots.

Marcus on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I watch this garbage and the only thing I can think of are more practical uses for a cricket bat.

AubieJon on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

You know the old political axiom: If you are explaining that you don’t really hate God, you are totally winning.

forest on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

What did the president know about God and when did he know it?

This is fun :)

thebrokenrattle on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Christmas comes early for the GOP.

repvoter on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

And yet the Losertarians say the ‘Rats have won the culture war.

Steve Eggleston on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Wishcasting…again.

kingsjester on September 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

So, when he learned that what had been in the platform had been taken out, he said, “Put it back in.”

So the Fascist-Democrats had the earlier platform, and then deliberately decided to take out references to God & Jerusalem? They couldn’t just reuse boilerplate leftover language from earlier years, but had to intentionally remove some words? Tells me all I need to know about who has taken over the Democrat Party.

rbj on September 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I see his surrogate mother had to step up to the plate for him on this one. That means someone on the convention planning committee gets burned at the stake.

a capella on September 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Talk about trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube …. on live TV.

Bitter Clinger on September 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I would love to see this debate question posed to Obama:

What is the capital of Israel?

aunursa on September 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

His presstitute stumbled on that one repeatedly a few weeks back, IIRC, when someone looked up the revised CIA Factbook entries and found Tel Aviv listed as the capitol.

teke184 on September 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Democrats were against God before they were for Him

Ride this pony! Beat this like a drum, now ’til November.

Poll: Nearly 80 percent of Americans say they are Christian. So Obama added God back in. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Poll-Nearly-80-percent-of-Americans-say-they-are-2444092.php

petefrt on September 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM

What’s scary is that there are those, as we’ve read on this site, who want that same language deleted from the Republican Platform, as well. The only thing stopping them is the fact that COnservatives are still the largest Political Ideology in America.

kingsjester on September 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

So first he was aware of it but chose not to make an issue of it until the controversy arose. Now, he was unaware of it completely until the controversy arose. Obviously, Team Obama is having trouble getting its story straight, but even beyond that is this question: Is this leadership?

Sounds a lot like Fast and Furious. We were told Obama knew absolutely nothing about the program (which is a bit troubling), but then he trots out Executive Privilege when the heat is on.

BlueCollarAstronaut on September 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

It is amazing what a godless socialist would do to get re-elected…

mnjg on September 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

AXELROD: Honestly, Charlie, he had, you know, he was counting on others to — he has some other duties, and responsibilities. So, when he learned that what had been in the platform had been taken out, he said, “Put it back in.”
ROSE: He learned yesterday?
AXELROD: Yeah.

…leading from behind…. again!

Democrats were against God before they were for Him

…did they time the boo’s right?

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

This looks like a job for Baghdad Barbie!

She’ll just get up and with a perfectly straight face say there was no debacle to begin with, right?

pilamaye on September 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Mark (“Obama came off as sort of a d!ck”) Halperin amazes me. He can be rational unless he’s sitting in between Mika Boobinski and John the Hack Heilemann, and then his brain rots.

Marcus on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Yep. Put him on Charlie Rose tonight, and it would be a different tune.

budfox on September 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Thou shalt not put false gods before me

Bevan on September 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Axel’s hand was shaking as he lifted his coffee cup, he was like “Oh shiite get me out of here.”

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

That vote was a farce, and the reason Villaraigosa had the deer in the headlights look on his face when it was voted down, was because the outcome had been predetermined.

Flora Duh on September 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Democrats: the party opposed to God (convention floor fight!), motherhood (taxpayer funded abortions for all!), and apple pie (First Lady’s War on Dessert).

Alas, Clinton sealed the election up for 0bama last night…or so people smarter than me keep telling me.

JimLennon on September 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Barry knew about the Hamas/Israel borderlines.

Probably Jerusalem.

He had no idea about God-given…

…because he had no idea it was in there to begin with.

budfox on September 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM

@RomneyResponse

NEW VIDEO: The Democrats’ “Embarrassing” Platform Change http://bit.ly/NOj1mk #ObamaIsntWorking #tcot

Flora Duh on September 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Hey, I seen the picture… It was TOTUS that said to put God back in.

bbordwell on September 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

DAVID AXELROD: Honestly, Charlie,

Danger, Will Robinson!

mankai on September 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Is DWS still in hiding? She needs to be out front on this, so we can get the real story. /sarc

Night Owl on September 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

What Jarrett should have said was:

“Well, my puppet’s strings broke earlier this week, and I had to get them fixed, so little Bammy could tell y’all what he really meant, or something.. Now I gotta go tuck him in. G’Night.”

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

God, spelled backwards, is dog. Romney put his dog on top of his vehicle!!!

SouthernGent on September 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Godless Liars.

Bmore on September 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Is DWS still in hiding? She needs to be out front on this, so we can get the real story. /sarc

Night Owl on September 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

She’s already weighed in:

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/09/05/debbie-wasserman-schultz-hey-there-was-no-discord-on-the-floor-over-that-god-and-jerusalem-language-update-alternate-universe/

Bitter Clinger on September 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I’m not sure what is worst, taking God out or booing when He is put back in. I guess since we all belong to the government they figure God is irrelevant.

Ellis on September 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM

That vote was a farce, and the reason Villaraigosa had the deer in the headlights look on his face when it was voted down, was because the outcome had been predetermined.

Flora Duh on September 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Villaraigosa: “The voice vote tells me it doesn’t pass, but the teleprompter tells me it passes by a two-thirds majority. What do I do? I know–I’ll try two more times to allow the crowd to get it right. No one will notice.”

On the interview:

Valerie Jarrett: “Charlie, this is an interview. That last thing David and I expected was to have to answer a lot of questions.”

BuckeyeSam on September 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM

@RomneyResponse

NEW VIDEO: The Democrats’ “Embarrassing” Platform Change http://bit.ly/NOj1mk #ObamaIsntWorking #tcot

Just a collection of talking heads across the channels discussing the platform fight. Not really a “response” to my mind, but I guess it all more or less speaks for itself.

In the end, this is good for a chuckle or two, but if I were R/R I wouldn’t make it a part of my regular stump speeches.

JimLennon on September 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Government IS God you wingnuts!
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Hard Right on September 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Democrats booed God and cheered Clinton.

Give you a clue the kind of ideology cancer at work in this country?

Speakup on September 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

So they are lying to cover his ass? Then it makes Obama look like he doesn’t even care what democrats are for and against. To busy on the golf course?

rubberneck on September 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

so was Mr. Obama bitterly clinging, his constituents, or were some of the constituents bitterly unclinging to this language?

ted c on September 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Democrats booed God and cheered Clinton.

Give you a clue the kind of ideology cancer at work in this country?

Speakup on September 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

God is good: Dems booed God:therefore, Dems are not good. Easy one

congma on September 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

God is good: Dems booed God:therefore, Dems are not good. Easy one

congma

Subtle

Hard Right on September 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Mark Halperin has declared the God Debate a closed issue,

Of course he did, bless his heart. It’s tough sometimes to be one of the Administration’s presstitutes; you sometimes have to say ridiculous things just to keep your side viable. Sometimes you have to say things that support your side even when the overwhelming evidence shows that you are lying.

AZfederalist on September 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

“Before the cock crows tomorrow, ye shall deny me three times.”*

(a caller to Chris Plant)

Portia46 on September 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

It’s incredible, in every sense of the word. If they’d tried to do it, could the Dems have ever imagined the utter train wreck their convention and indeed the entire Obama campaign is turning into right before our eyes? It’s a thing of beauty to behold!

Trafalgar on September 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

The fool Democrat has said in his heart, “There is no God”.

Bless their hearts.

Steve Z on September 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Watching Val’s eyes is very telling in this clip. Then her reaction when she thinks Axe bailed her out is hilarious.

Rumbling..Bumbling..Stumpling..I love it!

HoustonRight on September 6, 2012 at 10:32 AM

In their best Rev.Wright voice I can hear some of the followers yelling God @%&# the Democrat Party.

docflash on September 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Valerie Jarrett: “Charlie, this is an interview. That last thing David and I expected was to have to answer a lot of questions.”

BuckeyeSam on September 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Thread winner right there. She probably expected the interview to be as scripted as that floor vote.

AZfederalist on September 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Is Corey Booker in charge of the platform? Uh oh. Another trip to the woodshed.

Philly on September 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

They once again have proven my handle. Talking handles, I bravely listened to- Bill Handle, who is as Liberal as anyone, for 2 minutes today. He reviews what chapped with his major, put his typical one minute slant on it and moves on. He did not say it was a sham, would not dare.

democratsarefools on September 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Interesting isn’t it that Team Obama has brought out the person who truly makes the decisions in the White House, Valerie Jarrett, to try to clean up this mess.

Flora Duh on September 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Axel’s hand was shaking as he lifted his coffee cup, he was like “Oh shiite get me out of here.”

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

And Clinton’s hands were shaking all through his speech. Same sentiment? Or Something in the Water in Charlotte?

de rigueur on September 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Just a collection of talking heads across the channels discussing the platform fight. Not really a “response” to my mind, but I guess it all more or less speaks for itself.

what happened is a subject better left to the press. most of the people commenting were liberals.

gerrym51 on September 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

If no one pointed out to him that it was “changed language” he might well have missed it when reading the platform.

Of course, that rationalization presumes he finds the two ideas so unremarkably true that he would have skipped right over the provisions in reading them. Rights come from government and Jerusalem is up for discussion, I guess, to President Obama. That’s even more damning to him than his current excuse.

MTF on September 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Why would a Political Party position itself against 80% of Americans…on purpose?

kingsjester on September 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

“God will get you for that, Arthur!”Maude
(apologies to Bea Arthur)

Khun Joe on September 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Liars one and all.

albill on September 6, 2012 at 10:37 AM

When God and Israel get booed by over half the Dem audience that is pretty telling stuff.

Southernblogger on September 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Barky is Lord you wingnuts.

CorporatePiggy on September 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Never even happenned:
No mention at LGF or KOS whatsoever.

Rea1ityCheck on September 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

BREAKING NEWS: Chance of Precipitation in Charlotte at 10PM ET….0%

http://www.weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/graph/Charlotte+NC+USNC0121:1:US?pagenum=2&nextbeginIndex=6

sentinelrules on September 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Just when you write the the Democrats off as a bunch of humdrum Anarcho-Bolsheviks, they do something to show that they are a bunch of crazed, incompetent Anarcho-Bolsheviks.

Scriptor on September 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Hey, President Present’s position on God and Jerusalem is simply evolving. Give the man a break and let him eat his waffles, OK?

pianomomma on September 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

And they had to vote on it THREE times? I assume that was done in accordance with the Democratic party’s core belief that you should keep re-counting the votes until you get the correct outcome.

Fred 2 on September 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM

This is so fine. Axelrod has been cultivating the Clinton relationship for months now. He ends being questioned on the Jerusalem/God flap after Bill’s big night. Of course, then lies his way through it. God’s watching axe!

rubberneck on September 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

You know the old political axiom: If you are explaining that you don’t really hate God, you are totally winning.

forest on September 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Aint’ that the truth

*snicker*

workingclass artist on September 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Never even happenned:
No mention at LGF or KOS whatsoever.

Rea1ityCheck on September 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

What?!!! LGF? They’re still around? All 35 of them? (Minus the 3500 who got kicked off the blog for overenthusiastic conservatism.)

Scriptor on September 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM

With a nod to William Norman Ewer:

The Dems they boo
The Dems they yell
And vote down God and Israel.

de rigueur on September 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM

God help us.

faraway on September 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The inmates are clearly in charge of the asylum, and many Americans will certainly notice this fact. We need ads now of the oh so “tolerant” DNC delegates booing God.

NotCoach on September 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Drudge is taking it to them with large font.

This is Big Trouble for Little Barky.

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

The cock crows thrice
The Dems are odd
To vote three times
To strike out God.

de rigueur on September 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Interesting isn’t it that Team Obama has brought out the person who truly makes the decisions in the White House, Valerie Jarrett, to try to clean up this mess.

Flora Duh on September 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I thought that was interesting to. V-Jay rarely speaks or gives interviews, except in tightly scripted and controlled circumstances. So putting her out in the fray like this says a lot. And she didn’t exactly do herself or Barky any favors in this case.

Trafalgar on September 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The Repubs need a commercial showing puppet-head Villaraigosa’s three voice-vote attempts (and the resulting ‘nay’s’ winning) from now until November. Freakin’ comedy gold, and it just shows so aptly what a bunch of liars and stooges this group really consists of.

CaptFlood on September 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Jarret in an interview? Once again the light of day shines on the power behind the throne. I don’t like what I see. And that is obummer’s surrogate mother.

jake49 on September 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Interesting isn’t it that Team Obama has brought out the person who truly makes the decisions in the White House, Valerie Jarrett, to try to clean up this mess.

Flora Duh on September 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

That’s really all you need to know about this “distraction”. That, and the double teamimg with Axelgrease. And by the way, who died and made Halperin the big sheriff of deciding when a subject was closed? Kiss off, Pal!

BettyRuth on September 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

There has to be a Plan C response from the WH, because Plans A and B failed miserably. Plan A–he read the changes and didn’t comment. Plan B–he didn’t read the changes, but was forced to comment when they came to his attention (Read: shamed into it.)

Even the press are praying (?) for a Plan C response, because there is no spinning A and B.

Yeah, I think this is a BFD, and it will be an issue through the remaining campaign. Unforced error gift to the RNC.

DrStock on September 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

So putting her out in the fray like this says a lot. And she didn’t exactly do herself or Barky any favors in this case.

Trafalgar on September 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Yep, they are better off keeping their puppet master hidden behind closed doors.

She should be treated like the brewmaster in that beer commercial where they say, “Why do we focus on our brewmaster’s hands and not show her face? Because our brewmaster is not an attractive woman”. Looking at that picture, the anger and hatred just sort of oozes from Valerie, doesn’t it?

AZfederalist on September 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Axlerod and Jarrett are two of the biggest liars on the face of the earth. Disgusting, but not surprising to see the levels that dems descend to in order to keep power. Scum.

ultracon on September 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Someone should do a study for the Democrat party on the correlation between moving lips and lies.

Finbar on September 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Is this leadership?

It is if you have a (D) after your name.

Tim_CA on September 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Someone should do a study for the Democrat party on the correlation between moving lips and lies.

Finbar on September 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Shortest study in the world. Correlation = 0.98; the 0.02 is due to being asked what they are ordering for breakfast.

AZfederalist on September 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Bitter Clinger on September 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM

LOL- I saw that! I was wondering if she was back out this morning after not showing up for, or cancelling interviews, last night.

Night Owl on September 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Looking at that picture, the anger and hatred just sort of oozes from Valerie, doesn’t it?

AZfederalist on September 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Being of Iranian descent, it must gall VJ to no end to have to defend putting Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel back in the platform.

I hope she chokes on the bile.

Flora Duh on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I’ve been praying for hidden things to be revealed in regards to the upcoming election. I think the platform change and vote clearly showed what’s been hiding in plain sight among the democrats…godless and anti-semites that they are.

Angineer on September 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Do you think this is just a coy attempt to lower expectations or do you think they know that their convention has been crap?

DrStock on September 6, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Axel’s hand was shaking as he lifted his coffee cup, he was like “Oh shiite get me out of here.”

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

He’s seen the internal polling numbers. The Party has put him in charge of getting The One re-elected. He is part of the Chicago machine. He knows what happens when you fail The Boss. He put himself into this position by working for a corrupt machine, so there’s no sympathy here for him, but knowing all those things, it’s no wonder his hands were shaking.

AZfederalist on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Axeldork: Hamina hamina hamina. Derp!

pain train on September 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Here’s what the Democrats truly believe in:

One nation world, under Government

ITguy on September 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I saw his prasstitute Cutter on with Martha McCallum this morning telling about what COURAGE he had to put the language back in. How Romney lacked courage for not standing up to his party’s platform where he disagreed. She was apoplectic over what a bad bad person Romney is for not doing what Obama did.

All I could think of was “me thinks thou dost protest too much”. She was laying it on WAAAAAAAAAY too thick.

CycloneCDB on September 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Team Obama is having trouble getting its story straight

That wouldn’t happen if you were telling the truth.

GarandFan on September 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Wishcasting…again.

kingsjester on September 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Then tell me why the ‘Rats had to make such a public showing of putting token statements about God and Jerusalem back into their platform. It sure looks like that even their leadership realizes that every time the socially-liberal part of their agenda finds the light of day, they lose.

Steve Eggleston on September 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Dems cheer for abortion and boo God.

Woe to you that call evil good and good evil.

Wake up, America. He’s removing the hedge.

pannw on September 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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