Since Hoyer now backs using 14th Amendment on Debt limit, why is there more drama?

He is after all the House Minority Whip, and we now have Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) telling Ed Schultz on Wednesday on Ed’s show on MSNBC that using the 14th is “arguably in his power…Very frankly, if it came down to his looking default in the eye on Tuesday or taking this action, as President Clinton said, it would be better to take the action and find out later that perhaps he went beyond his authority but … protected the creditworthiness of the United States of America.”

And we all ready had House Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on record in support to the constitutional approach, indeed saying on the same show “I think the president should keep all his legal options on the table.”

And earlier on Tuesday other House Democratic leaders http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/house-democratic-leaders-urge-obama-to-use-14th-amendment_n_910878.html said Obama should take that route.

Yesterday another group of House Democrats organized their own press event http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/house-democrats-14th-amendment-debt_n_912084.html to get the president to invoke the 14th Amendment.

And today we even have some media taking notice: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0729/As-congressional-debt-ceiling-plans-founder-eyes-turn-to-executive-option “As congressional debt-ceiling plans founder, eyes turn to executive option…There is growing pressure on President Obama to simply declare an increase in the debt ceiling by executive order and tell everyone else: Deal with it.”

What the heck does it take to put a backbone into Obama?

papau

papau

6 Comments