Skip to comments.Doug McIntyre: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa brings L.A. failures to the nation
Posted on 09/09/2012 12:33:00 PM PDT by Mark
The only person not named Romney or Ryan at the Democratic convention to enrage the faithful was the chairman of the Democratic convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
While the world continues to scratch its collective head over Clint Eastwood's ad-libbed speech to an empty chair at the Republican convention, the Democrats are left cleaning up the mess from the only unscripted moment at their convention.
And Tony V was in the thick of it.
Amazingly, the party platform excluded any mention of God and expunged the traditional mention of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Predictably the GOP pounced and nervous Democrats running in purple states or districts with large Jewish populations begged for relief. That's when the first domino of disaster toppled.
The Democratic brain trust dispatched Antonio Villaraigosa to save the day.
Chairman Villaraigosa called for a voice vote to amend the party platform, restoring God and Jerusalem. Shockingly, the "nays" were equal if not greater than the "ayes."
He called a second vote. Same result.
With a classic deer-in-the- headlights look frozen on his face, the mayor's string-pullers literally whispered marching orders in his ear.
Villaraigosa then called for a third vote and the "nays" grew even louder, now a clear majority. But the mayor had been told to hear differently.
That's when the boo-birds began to squawk.
Enraged delegates shook their fists at the patently bogus election result, but that's only because they're not from L.A.
Around here we're used to bogus votes.
For years the City Council computers were programmed to automatically vote "yes" on every measure even when a councilman wasn't in the room. The real voting goes on behind closed doors.
Clint Eastwood might have talked to an empty chair but the L.A. City Council let empty chairs vote. While the mayor seemed genuinely stunned God and Jerusalem were voted down by his party's stalwarts, he shouldn't have been.
The Republican convention had zealots who would have gleefully injected God into everything, while the Democrats had anti-religion zealots who actually voted to kick God out of the party platform while also rejecting their historic support for Israel, support that goes back to Harry Truman.
A huge embarrassment.
But Antonio Villaraigosa would have a shot at redemption.
As the designated campaigner-in-chief for the Latino vote, Villaraigosa used his nine-minute solo turn at the podium to support President Obama and the Dream Act kids, claiming "Governor Romney wants to make their lives so miserable, so oppressive, so intolerable that they would leave behind the life they've built and self-deport."
Tony V smiled his million-dollar smile as a cascade of cheers washed over him.
That's more like it!
Of course, Villaraigosa is an expert when it comes to making people's lives "so miserable, so oppressive, so intolerable they self-deport." On his watch L.A. has seen a mass exodus of middle-class families of all ethnicities.
As the L.A. Weekly reported on Jan. 29, 2009, L.A. County had 901,426 more citizens flee for other states than arrive from other states during 2001 to 2008. According to Census Bureau data, our population growth has been due "to high birth rates among the poor and working class, mostly Latinos, and due to illegal immigration."
The middle class in L.A. continues to self-deport on Villaraigosa's watch.
While the mayor's act earned mixed reviews in Charlotte, it's a giant flop where it counts most - at home.
Doug McIntyre's column appears Wednesdays and Sundays. You can reach him at Doug@KABC.com.
It is my fervent wish the DNC is grooming him to be their candidate in 16.
Isn’t Tony the mayor the jerkoff who allowed the LA Police Chief to decide to not impound cars of illegals with no license?
Sorry Dougie. People who "get it" and aren't crawling with bedbugs and lice from the DNC convention aren't scratching their "collective" heads. They know damn well what Eastwood was saying. It's time to let Barry go.
Yes, but it was the left thing to do.
As liable as the liberals are to lie by projection I think its a reasonable to assume its actually Villaigarosa's plan to drive non hispanics out of the LA area for his own political benefit.
Well, we still have San Francisco.....Oh my!