The House is dripping with cynicism this morning after Denny Hastert's House Appropriations Committee Chairman yesterday approved a measure designed to be shot down on the House floor.
Why in the world would the House Appropriations Committee pass a measure to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 (the first measure of its kind from House Republicans in a decade)?
Because the House Appropriations Committee has nothing to do with raising the nation's minimum wage, that's why.
Democrats, however, have been given another plum, if they choose to use a line from the 2004 campaign playbook.
They can claim Republicans were for the minimum wage hike before they were against it.
Here's another good one.
Run a picture of Hastert's fat head profile juxtaposed alongside Eisenhower's with an American flag in the background. The headline: Republicans: Turning Minimum Wage Levels Back To 1956.
Denny "J. Dennis" Hastert: Posterchild for the lowest wages for Americans in 50 years.