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Flag burning amendment may pass

The Hill’s priorities are in order, huh? This obvious craven pandering to the wingers is a complete waste of legislative time.

The sad part is that the Senate is thisclose to passing this nonsense.

…Senate vote counters say the constitutional amendment to prohibit physical desecration of the U.S. flag is on the cusp of passage.

Approval would probably ensure that the measure is sent to the states for ratification. And that prospect has raised the stakes for what had been a largely symbolic face-off on the issue in the Senate.

The flag-burning amendment had passed the House six times since 1995, most recently last summer. But the proposal consistently stalled in the Senate, where it was clear it lacked the two-thirds majority needed for approval of a constitutional amendment. Now, the GOP’s gain of four Senate seats in the 2004 election has made the matter too close to call.

The amendment “will win or lose by a vote,” said Eric Ueland, chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).

And sHillary is trying to have it both ways (big surprise!)…

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), widely considered the front-runner for the party’s 2008 presidential nomination, has tried to strike a middle ground: She has said she opposes flag burning but does not support prohibiting it through a constitutional amendment.

She has introduced legislation with Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) that would make it a crime to burn or otherwise desecrate the flag, legislation they say was crafted to overcome the Supreme Court decision on the issue.

Do the knuckledraggers want to prosecute Dear Leader, who was caught by AP defacing a flag in 2003?

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UPDATE: John Byrne at Raw Story reports that this amendment effort will fail, according to his sources.

A constitutional amendment to criminalize burning of the American flag will not pass the Senate, senior Democratic aides and a Republican spokesman told RAW STORY Monday.

…”It certainly is an issue to highlight in states where members are clearly out of touch with their states,” said Brian Nick, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. “A classic example is [Sen.] Robert Byrd (D-WV), who used to be in favor of the amendment but now opposes it.”

An aside: the article also includes a quote from an unnamed Kerry spokesbot, calling the vote a “Republican tar baby.”

Can someone please retire the use of this? jeezus.

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