Supposedly Obama personally pushed for the changes in the platform yesterday.
I'm sure he was riding a white horse while doing it too!
So Obama doesn't like the platform and twists arms to get it changed even if it means boos from the hoi polloi.
If Obama had personally stood up and insisted that the Delegates allow the change, you'd have a point. The more likely reality is that some political wonk read over the DNC platform and realized that they'd removed any and all references to God from it and removed the whole Jerusalem thing, and then realized that this might just not go over so well with the less radical Dem voters. Then they attempted to put the language back in, got booed. Tried again, got booed again. Then did a third vote, clearly lost but pretended that the Delegates said aye, so they could make the last minute change (technically changing back what was already changed).
Romney supposedly doesn't like the abortion language in the GOP platform and bravely whispers ("We don't really think that") into his sleeve before slinking off to avoid angering the base.
Ah... Supposedly again. Is that Joph code for "I'm just making this up as I go along"?
I think the bigger issue here is that liberal pundits made the "GOP is becoming more radical" argument for like a week, using the abortion language as support, despite the fact that said language hadn't changed at all. Meanwhile, the Dems have actually changed their platform
by removing the God and Jerusalem language. So isn't it the left projecting their own increasingly radical (I'm sorry, the word they keep using is "extremist") platform onto the right? It's beyond hypocrisy.
The GOP isn't concerned that it'll chase away voters with the language in their platform Joph, because that language hasn't changed. People know where the GOP stands and has stood on these issues. Yes. Even Romney knows this. It's the Dems who seem to be falling apart and having an increasingly hard time keeping their own members on board, let along moderates and independents. That's what this incident highlights.