Actually, you can't be a laughingstock unless enough people notice you are running that there is a substantial amount of laughter. George Pataki just barely meets that criterion. I doubt that Mark Everson will.
“Who the hell is Mark Everson?” I hear you asking. Which is of course the point. When I tell you that he was head guy at the IRS under Bush II, I expect I'll hear you say, “Oh yeah, that's just the sort of guy I'm looking for,” in that snarky tone of yours. Which is also the point.
Oh, and he was briefly the head guy at the American Red Cross until he was forced to resign because he was having an affair with a subordinate.
Good luck, Mark.