Conservative bloggers have jumped onto the Clinton story like rabid raccoons on a camper’s ankle

Despite having political views that are an anathema to having a democracy it is important to listen to what Conservatives have to say. They hate flip-flops. Flips-flops are a sign of poor leadership. If you vote for a flip-flopper you’re stir the ship, or nation as it were toward huge debts (Is the GOP fiscally conservative?), put the nations health and the environment low on your priorities list, have a poor record of job creation and lie and exaggerate the nation into wars that are counter-productive. That’s why as Conservative blogger Captain Ed points out, one can never be too cautious in ferreting out the flip-floppers, November 14, 2007, It’s Wednesday, So We Must Have A New Position

First she sounded sympathetic to the idea during a televised debate, and within moments had refused to endorse it. Afterwards, she changed her mind and endorsed it. Now today, after Governor Eliot Spitzer shelved a plan to issue New York drivers licenses to illegal aliens, Hillary Clinton shifted her position yet again to oppose the idea entirely

Did Senator Clinton play pop politics with an issue. Probably, but in the world of politics where getting elected is the primary goal, this is hardly news worthy. Taylor Marsh gets into the details and the reasons for Senator Clinton’s sympathies,

It was clear to me after the debate that Clinton backing Spitzer was because she refused to push a fellow Democrat under a bus

This is for the most part one of those semi-daily blips on the political radar that makes people turn the page or switch channels. Still ol’ Cap has given us a most urgent reminder of what flip-flops, real flip-flops tell us about a candidate’s character,  Bush’s Top Ten Flip-Flops

The Sept. 11 Commission

4. President Bush initially opposed the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 attacks. In May 2002, he said, “Since it deals with such sensitive information, in my judgment, it’s best for the ongoing war against terror that the investigation be done in the intelligence committee.”

Bowing to pressure from victims’ families, Mr. Bush reversed his position. The following September, he backed an independent investigation.

I hope that Cap doesn’t read this list as a Conservative of deep deep convictions about flip-floppery he’ll probably get queasy, 50 Bush flip flops here . Since Cap , Malkin and several other Conservative bloggers have also jumped onto the Clinton story like rabid raccoons on a camper’s ankle one assumes that thy would never support a candidate that has such an hugely egregious record on flip-flopping. Yet they have for the vast majority of the time supported Bush, the flip-flopper extraordinaire, which makes the Conservative Bloggers Against Flip-Flopping, flip-floppers and also very boring. Next, they’ll be telling us they believe in balanced budgets, supporting the military, values and some other nonsense.

While we’re on the subject of character and presidential candidates, some people, not many judging by the last two presidential elections think that mental competency, intelligence and being able to be candid with one’s self about their abilities and accomplishments are major factors in a candidate’s qualifications, Rudy Guiliani: Criminal or Liar?

“I can’t say that I [know more about torture than Sen. John McCain], but I do know a lot about intensive questioning and intensive questioning techniques. After all, I have had a different experience than John. John has never run city, never run a state, never run a government. He has never been responsible as a mayor for the safety and security of millions of people, and he has never run a law enforcement agency, which I have done. Now, intensive questioning works. If I didn’t use intensive questioning, there would be a lot of mafia guys running around New York right now and crime would be a lot higher in New York than it is. Intensive question has to be used. Torture should not be used. The line between the two is a difficult one.” ~ Guiliani

One former Justice Department Official who served during Giuliani’s tenure in the Reagan administration dismissed the idea that Giuliani made routine use of any kind of enhanced interrogation techniques. The official explained that any prisoners awaiting trial on federal charges would be in the custody of the FBI, not the U.S. Attorney office. They would have been interviewed according to FBI rules, which also acknowledge the prisoner’s constitutional rights. Ultimately, the agents of the Bureau take their orders from the Attorney General, not from the US Attorney.

At most, Giuliani might have been in a position to urge the FBI officers assigned to his office to question a suspect more intensively, but only within a strict framework of constitutional safeguards.

Lawyers take an oath to uphold the constitution. If Giuliani knowingly violated the constitutional rights of suspects, he could be disbarred.

It looks like Fred Thompson isn’t the only actor running for president. Rudy Tutti Guiliani the modern incarnation of Elliot Ness and General Patton, has written a script and a role for himself that like many RepubliWood productions has a certain entertainment value, but doesn’t serve the truth all that well.