A few notes from Rancho Mirage.
First, C-SPAN. This amazing set up allows me to watch Congressional hearings on both the Senate and House sides. Just recently, I spent hours watching the Senate Armed Services Committee interview and get testimony from General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Ash Carter, the Secretary of Defense.
Now, I know that polls tell us that the public loathes and hates Congress, that they think Congressmen do no work and get tons of money and fail the nation.
But I found the Senators in this hearing to be brilliant, well informed, incisive, and insightful. They got out of the General and the SecDOD the astounding testimony that the USA cannot even come close to fulfilling its defense commitments around the world — that we are stretched far too thin everywhere, are not getting the best weapons, and are not keeping up with a world that is as dangerous as it has been since Vietnam. Maybe more dangerous.