The Republicans — plural — are actually considering impeachment over the president’s potential use of the 14th Amendment to circumvent Congress on raising the debt ceiling. ThinkProgress’s Scott Keyes spoke with Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) who spilled the beans:
KEYES: Congressman Tim Scott of South Carolina yesterday in a town hall said if President Obama were to just ignore the debt ceiling, then he might be favoring bringing up articles of impeachment. Is that something that you’ve heard discussed much among your colleagues?
OLSON: A little bit. Right now, we’re focused on negotiations. We’re optimistic here. We hope the president will work with us. We’re very clear on our positions from our leadership all the way down to the most junior of the freshmen members. No increase in the debt limit without at least $2.2 trillion in cuts and savings. Again, not getting it through tax increases.
FANG: So Congressman Scott, is he just a lonely voice or are there a large number of people who are talking about this?
OLSON: He’s not a lonely voice. All of us out there, we’re getting closer to a place where we’ve never gone in our country’s history. So we’re all sort of learning as we go. We’ve never gotten to the point where we’ve defaulted, potentially, on our debt. So we’re looking at other options out there because this is new ground for all of us.
There’s just no off-position on the unserious switch, is there?