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Heard on the Hill: The Gentleman From Umm ...

The Capitol is a big place. HOH gets that. But after, theoretically, working together or, at the very least, in the same complex for the past 12 months, it seems reasonable to assume Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) would recognize a fellow Congressman.

Not so, as everyone in attendance discovered at last weeks Judiciary Committee investigative hearing on Operation Fast and Furious.

While warming up to renew holding Attorney General Eric Holders feet to the flames for the administrations botched gun-running initiative, Judiciary Committee member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) urged the panel to make room on the dais for Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), a colleague visiting from the Fast-and-Furious-obsessed Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Conyers immediately sprung into action, inquiring, Is he a Member of Congress?

Issa reported back in the affirmative, courteously informing Conyers, the Judiciary panels ranking member: He is a Member of Congress. ... Hes a freshman from Texas. Hes impacted by these gun control regulations. He is an attorney.

A Farenthold aide intimated that the backbencher took it all in stride. As a freshman Member of Congress, Rep. Farenthold understands the difficulty of learning a lot of new names and faces, the aide said, wryly adding, Theres an app for that.

No word on whether Conyers and Farenthold have since been formally introduced. (May we suggest buddying up for the Common Ground Caucus?)

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