When L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accepted chair duties at the Democratic National Convention, he probably didn't realize it would turn into an actual hot seat.
A few gavels here, a nice speech there and -- boom -- you have a new job in the Obama White House.
Not so fast:
On Wednesday night the mayor was the focus of controversy after he changed the Dems' platform, reportedly at the behest of President Obama, to once again reflect a support of everyone's "God-given potential" as well as to include the line "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel."
The problem is ...
... it's not clear an actual two-thirds of the delegates present, as required, endorsed the change. For his part, Villaraigosa implemented it like a U.S. Supreme Court deciding an election in favor of the GOP.
On the video, it sure doesn't sound like the move got two-thirds support. But, after three audible votes, Villaraigosa says:
In the opinion of the chair two-thirds have voted in the affirmative.
God, of course, is a controversial word for the ACLU's party. What about those who don't believe? And then there's Jerusalem. As the New York Times put it:
The restoration of Jerusalem puts the platform, a largely symbolic document, at odds with the official position of the government, which is that the city's status should be determined in a negotiation between Israelis and Palestinians.
It's a huge point for the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Both issues had been on the 2008 Democratic platform before being pulled out this year.
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Obama expressed his dismay through an anonymous administration official.
This is what counted for high drama at the DNC so far. No chair-talking as yet.
For his part, Villaraigosa seemed to ignore calls for a roll-call vote. At least he's carrying water like a good Dem. That job should be coming through any day now.