Bob Filner wasn't at the hearing. I don't know where he was -- maybe voting or something.
Or maybe he was sick. Or had a family member sick.
Or maybe he just didn't feel like putting on a show of chumminess.
When a member started talking about tabling Camp Lejiune, I thought Ranking Member Richard Burr would lose it but he just held his tongue.
It was, "Let's meet the VFW and we're bi-partisan and loving each other."
And that's fine and they really do get along -- not everyone -- but Dems and Republicans on the Senate and House Veterans Committees really do get along, they work together and they agree on many issues.
But it was a bit too much for me. Although, fortunately, I didn't hear any Pete Sessions type talk from the Committee members.
And Patty Murray and Jeff Miller -- the Chairs of the Senate and the House Veterans Affairs Committees -- had kind words for each other that both appeared to really mean. They also had a relaxed and friendly warmth between them (I'm thinking especially when Murray accidentally called Miller "Senator").
I will praise those present for asking questions. That really didn't happen when they heard from the Disabled Veterans of America last week. (That was last week, wasn't it? It all blurs.)
With the DVA, they all made a bunch of campaign speeches and really didn't have any interest in the panel. My opinion.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"