Looks like the conservatives have finally figured out that all of that power that George W Bush has grabbed could be a problem if the presidency get into the wrong hands. The Boston Globe is reporting that The American Freedom Agenda (a right wing activist group) wants presidential candidates to sign a pledge stating: "I hereby pledge that if elected President of the United States I will undertake the following to restore the Constitution's checks and balances : to honor fundamental protections against injustice, and to eschew usurpations of legislative or judicial power," the pledge reads. "These are keystones of national security and individual freedom."
Other points in the pledge include renouncing the use of presidential signing statements to claim a right to disobey laws; ending threats to prosecute journalists who write about classified matters; and promising to use regular courts rather than military commissions to try terrorism suspects.
As of today only Ron Paul has signed.
Frankly, I hope they are successful. But I think it stinks that they only start this up when it looks like their side is going down in '08.