When I learned last Tuesday that Democrats, breaking with past practice, had dropped the word “God” from their party platform, I dispatched a message via Twitter: “God is mentioned in the 2004 Democratic platform 7 times. In the 2008 platform, once. In the 2012 platform, 0 times.” I included a link to the National Journal story where I’d seen the details.
Within moments, that tweet had taken off. To my surprise, it was retweeted hundreds of times — an early indication of the backlash about to engulf Democrats in Charlotte over their platform’s language on God and Jerusalem.