REPUBLICANS FAIL TO VALUE REPUBLICAN VALUES. This is kind of funny, until you realize that it�s more convenient, politically speaking, for the GOP to have their values agenda keep failing, so that they can keep running on it and against Democrats who allegedly oppose it:

House Republicans failed Wednesday to advance a bill protecting the words ''under God'' in the Pledge of Allegiance. Only a day earlier, the GOP had placed the measure on its ''American Values Agenda'' in hopes of bolster the party's prospects in the fall election.

But Republicans could not muster a simple majority on the issue in a committee where they outnumber Democrats by six....

Ten of the committee's 23 Republicans did not show up for the vote.

The committee will try again tomorrow.

--Garance Franke-Ruta