Democrat Eleanore Holmes Norton is a non-voting Washington D.C. delegate, so she won’t have a say on whether President Obama gets the go ahead to bomb Syria. However, during an appearance on The Bill Press Show, Norton expressed skepticism over whether striking Syria militarily is the only option for aiding Syrians. She also explained that the only reason Democrats are supporting Obama is because they don’t want to see him get “shamed and humiliated” on the national stage.
“I happen to believe there has to be a response. I do, I do believe in crimes against humanity need to be addressed,” said Norton, who then offered a caveat. “I can’t believe that the only way to address it is a slight bombing which will somehow punish somebody or deter somebody. I don’t know if there’s some way other than a military way to address this,” she said.
Then host Bill Press asked Norton whether she believes that the president would be justified in going it alone if Congress votes down his Syrian resolution.
“No, oh boy, no. I think it’ll be like the red line trap. He said if the red line you cross it. I think once you say, “I’m going to Congress,” you can’t say, ‘Okay, I’m going to do it anyway,’” answered Norton.
As the segment was ending, Norton explained that many Democratic members will vote in favor of Syrian intervention as a way of helping Obama save face.
“Oh, and I’d like to say, Bill, that if he gets saved at all, I think it’ll be because, it’ll be because of loyalty of Democrats. They just don’t want to see him shamed and humiliated on the national stage,” said Norton.