POLITICS: Hillary's Flag Flop
You know, I wasn't in favor of an amendment to the Constitution to ban flag-burning, not least for the reason I mentioned here back in 2003: "Every time some nitwit college student burns a flag on camera, that's one less idiot who can ever run for public office." But let's not leave this topic without noting the following:
1. Hillary Clinton drew widespread publicity - referencing her position as evidence of a move towards the political center - for supporting legislation banning flag-burning.
2. Like everyone else who follows politics even remotely, Hillary knew full well that the Supreme Court in 1989 had held that the First Amendment protects flag-burning, and therefore that such legislation, to accomplish anything, required an amendment to the constitution.
3. When that amendment came up for a vote, it failed by one vote, and Hillary voted against it. In other words, Hillary's vote by itself defeated the position she had depicted herself as supporting.
You don't need to be one way or the other on the (alleged) issue of flag burning to have contempt for this kind of political posturing. No doubt the Senator had words to say about her vote, every one of them a lie including "and" and "the".