But the underlying motive was clear: The president is struggling to win support from white working-class (and religious) voters, and Jews, who have been wary from the outset of the Obama reign, are fleeing in droves.
The DNC quickly returned to its roots: college girls demanding more federal money for contraception, demurely coiffed middle-aged women pushing Planned Parenthood and abortion.
But the giant chasm within the Democratic Party — not to mention its wide divergence from mainstream America — was already exposed.
The true intent of the party — an America without God, that does not care about Israel, in fact supports the Palestinians — was out of the bag.
Mr. Romney pounced, saying omitting God “suggests a party that is increasingly out of touch with the mainstream of the American people. … I think this party is veering further and further away into an extreme wing that Americans don’t recognize.”
It was just three minutes.
And yet the entire election changed. Mr. Romney, a Mormon who battled unsuccessfully for Christian support in 2008, just became the Christian candidate — and the Jewish candidate, to boot.
Team Obama is no doubt furiously rewriting the president’s speech for Thursday night (now in a venue 50,000 seats smaller). With tonight’s debacle, chances are his legion of supporters dropped by millions more.
When the landslide comes, Democrats will certainly point back to tonight — they won’t now, they will then. Game-changers come when you least expect them.
Tonight changed everything.
• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.