Joe Conason, who has had more access to former Pres. Bill Clinton over the years than most, begins his new website launch The National Memo with a blockbuster on the debt ceiling debate.

Former President Bill Clinton says that he would invoke the so-called constitutional option to raise the nation’s debt ceiling “without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me” in order to prevent a default, should Congress and the President fail to achieve agreement before the August 2 deadline.

Sharply criticizing Congressional Republicans in an exclusive Monday evening interview with The National Memo, Clinton said, “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.”

Lifting the debt ceiling “is necessary to pay for appropriations already made,” he added, “so you can’t say, “˜Well, we won the last election and we didn’t vote for some of that stuff, so we’re going to throw the whole country’s credit into arrears.”

You may be tired of me writing this, but I’ve never understood all the drama and whining out of the White House over the Aug. 2 date or the involvement of Pres. Obama to such a degree in a situation that has revealed his paltry negotiating skills once again.

It’s the job of Congress to raise the debt ceiling, which certainly does not have to be done on the wings of a deficit deal.

So, sit back, wait, then invoke the 14th Amendment if you need, while making it clear that raising the debt limit is up to Speaker Boehner and his Tea Party rabble. If they dare not to do it show them out.

Love him or hate him, Pres. Bill Clinton knows a lot about playing chicken with lesser politicians who don’t have the country on their side.

As the CBS poll showed yesterday, as much as people detest the Republican insanity, with so much on his side, Pres. Obama’s disapproval is higher than his approval ratings on his handling of the debt ceiling “crisis.” That’s because his message has been absolute mush, revealing he’s scared of his opponents. That’s right, scared. Choosing to negotiate from a place of weakness was Obama’s biggest mistake, because he always had a stronger option. But that would take courage to stand alone and pull the trigger himself, something he’s never been willing to do on anything.