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The Nays Have it … Oh, Never Mind

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By now you certainly know that the Democrats have been suffering from a self-inflicted injury since their convention began in Charlotte on Tuesday. For the first time in many presidential election years, the word God was omitted from their platform. The platform also failed to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Both of these breaks from Democrat Party tradition were reportedly ordered by Obama.

Then … another self-inflicted injury. According to reports, Obama ordered that God and Jerusalem be put back into the platform. That should be easy enough … just introduce an amendment and have the convention delegates approve it by voice vote. Easy enough … right?

And that is when things got interesting …

According to the rules of the convention, --- the RULES, mind you --- under which the convention is to be run, a 2/3 majority of ayes over nays would be required to adopt this amendment. Now you have to feel a bit sorry for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa here. Poor guy. He was actually giving the impression (or it was a pretty good act) that the rules meant something and that it was really going to take a 2/3 majority to approve the amendment. When the vote was taken the first time it was clear that the 2/3 majority did not exist. So … he asked for the vote again. The second time the nays seemed to be even more powerful. Uh oh. What is the chair going to do here? Durned if it doesn’t sound like the delegates to this convention are not in favor of putting God and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital back in the Democrat platform. can watch the clip and determine for yourself which side actually “won,” not that it really mattered all that much. Obama was running this show … and Obama had preordained the outcome. The delegates were there for show … Obama is the REAL law of this convention … so it was time for Villaraigosa’s handler to step in.

Watch the clip again … watch that lady walk on to the convention stage. She leans over and says something into Villaraigosa’s ear. Did you catch it? Here’s what she said:

“You gotta rule…..

And then you gotta let them do what they’re gonna do.”

Does that remind you of anyone? How about Obama’s principal advisor and confidant Valarie Jarrett. Remember what she said when she was heading up Obama’s transition team? You should – her utterance really set the stage for Obama’s first four years in office: “We will be ready to RULE from day one.” Not we will be ready to “lead,” …. Ready to “rule.”

On the first day of the convention we heard a lot about how Obama single-handedly “saved the American auto industry.” No .. he didn’t. Obama saved the United Auto Workers union, not the auto industry; and he did so by RULING that bankruptcy laws did not apply because HE had a better plan. That’s the type of America Obama wants to bring to us … an America where politicians rule and the people follow and obey --- the people “do what they’re gonna do.”

At any rate --- after Villaraigossa got his marching orders from that lady, a convention manager I’m guessing, he remembered his role as chairman. He held one more voice vote. There was clearly NOT a two-thirds aye vote this time. You could easily say that the nays actually won. But that is NOT the result Obama wanted … and Obama rules. So Villaraigossa, realizing he was not actually a chairman, but more of a performer reading a script, read the words from the teleprompter in front of him … words that had been placed on that teleprompter by the Obama operations staff. “In the opinion of the chair two-thirds have voted in the affirmative, the motion is adopted, and the platform has been amended as shown on the screen.”

All they needed on that stage yesterday was Nancy Pelosi telling the delegates that “you gotta amend this platform before you can see what’s in it."

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