Bob Beauprez

Since the Democrats arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina for their National Convention, the word on the street is that crow has been the most often served on the menu. 

And, for all that you may have thought that Sen. John Kerry was so "yesterday's news," his influence on the Democrats must be far greater than one might think. There seems to be a whole lot of being "for it, before I was against it" going around.

For example, remember when Mayor Cory Booker said Obama's vicious attacks on Mitt Romney were "nauseating" – until he was taken to the Oval Office woodshed for a sudden change of mind.   

And, just last Sunday Gov. Martin O'Malley admitted to CBS News that, "No, we're not better off" than we were four years ago – until his memory was "refreshed" by the likes of David Axelrod.

But, the big switcheroo came today after the embarrassing explosion of criticism the Democrats received for striping a reference to God and Pro-Israel statements from the official party platform released late Monday night. 

On hurriedly arranged floor action, amendments to reinstate the prior language were offered.  Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, awkwardly called for a voice vote three separate times before finally gaveling the motion passed.  Watch the proceedings on the video link below and see that the delegate hall erupted in "boos and howls" – further evidence of where the soul of the Democrat Party is these days, and that the platform deletions were no accident.  

Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former member of congress, dairy farmer, community banker, real estate developer, and now a buffalo rancher in Colorado

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