Remember that before House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) ever brought his own debt-ceiling bill up for a vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got the signatures of all 53 Democrat senators on a letter vowing their opposition to the Boehner bill.
So earlier today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came out with a letter signed by 43 Republican senators expressing their opposition to Reid's own debt-ceiling bill. Reid then summoned the Senate and -- live on C-SPAN2 -- delivered a self-pitying speech described by Michelle Malkin:
Bill Clinton, Peronist or pragmatist? From Politico's Morning Money:
FLASH: CLINTON WOULD INVOKE THE 14TH - Former President Bill Clinton told National Memo's Joe Conason last night that if he were still in office and all else failed he would invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the nation's debt ceiling unilaterally to avoid default and then "force the courts to stop me." http://bit.ly/p0R6Ug
His reasoning? "I think the Constitution is clear and I think this idea that the Congress gets to vote twice on whether to pay for [expenditures] it has appropriated is crazy." This echoes a view from the New Republic which patly suggests that once Congress decides to spend the money, the president's duty is merely to borrow.