So it makes sense that Committee Chairman David Dreier, a California Republican who's retiring after this term, opened the hearing by memorializing Dick Clark. Wait, the Dick Clark? Yes, he of New Year's Rockin' Eve fame.
Why? Clark's widow, Kari, who is a friend of Dreier's, was at the meeting.
"They are close personal friends. She's in town and came by the office for a visit," an aide to Dreier told the Alley.
Dreier told her that he was sorry for her loss.
"Dick Clark was the epitome of the American spirit. Someone who loved the United States of America," he said.