Hard to say whether or not our Secularist Party gave thumbs down en masse to the idea of recognizing God, or Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But Anthony Villaraigosa sure did look like an idiot, holding the voice vote three times, and plainly failing to win the necessary two-thirds consent all three times. He declared the measure victorious anyway. Bad optics all around.
UPDATE: On the Jerusalem issue, Jeffrey Goldberg gets it right, methinks:
In a perfect world, the U.S. would move the embassy to a neighborhood of West Jerusalem that has been part of Israel since the state’s founding, but it’s not a perfect world, and the U.S. — and Israel — need Arab support on many different issues, including counterterrorism and Iran. Moving the embassy would cause an eruption in the Middle East, where people have been led to believe by propagandists that Jews have no right to Jerusalem, and no connection to Jerusalem. Again, in a perfect world, this wouldn’t be so, but reality is what it is. Why the U.S. should waste political capital on an issue like this when there is so much actual work to be done is beyond me.
Question: Why are we so sure the Democratic delegates were opposed to the Israel resolution, and not to the God stuff? The Democrats have become overall as secular as the GOP has become religious. Maybe the delegates didn’t like the God talk.