Some Dissemble-ly Required

Today’s word of the day is brought to you by General Services Administration head honcho Lurita Doan, who apparently pled massive and systemic memory loss today in her testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Doan wins my vote for most absurdist testimony evar on YouTube.

dis·sem·ble [di-sem-buhl]
1. to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: to dissemble one’s incompetence in business.
2. to put on the appearance of; feign: to dissemble innocence.
3. Obsolete. to let pass unnoticed; ignore.
4. to conceal one’s true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.

I grew up in the district that Rep. Bruce Braley now represents, so there’s a certain amount of civic pride I felt every time Rep. Braley asked Doan to explain her unprofessional and corrupt, partisan actions, even if the best defense Doan could muster was “I can’t remember.”

This is the head of a United States Government agency in charge of spending our tax dollars, and they’re proselytizing for the GOP. This administration is illegally using the GSA as a de-facto arm of the Republican 2008 campaign effort.

According to other witnesses, at one point Doan asked the attending GSA managers (who work for her) during this nation-wide teleconference meeting (Doan characterized it as a “brown bag” lunch) how they could leverage future GSA events to benefit GOP candidates. This after a Rove-authored Power Point presentation (12 MB PDF) which identified 20 of “our” – meaning GOP – seats in need of defending, and 20 targeted Democratic seats. (Transcript via FireDogLake)

If you ask me, they should ask her to take a lie-detector test to prove that she doesn’t remember anything. Then ask her about the cookies…I don’t believe that part of her story either.

BTW, Speaker Pelosi has set up an impressive blog, called The Gavel, where her staff is uploading video footage and information about the House’s day to day activities, including Doan’s testimony.

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