For his constituents, he was asking about the medical center in your area and you can grade him well on that but there was a real push for accountability in the hearing and McNerney just didint' seem to want to have any part of that.
It was very depressing. Of the VA witnesses, Robert Neary needs to learn how to whisper. Some of his 'whispers' were sotto voice. I found George Szwarcman to be fake and not forthcoming. Brandi Fate appeared to have a number of facts to share and so I didn't mind when she had to take something for the record. She was the only witness I would grade highly.
"Take for the record." When a government official appears before the Congress, she or he is asked questions. If it's a question that requires additional information or that she or he isn't prepared for, they may take the question for the record meaning they put their answer in writing and submit it to the Committee or Subcommittee days after the hearing concludes.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"