Who Rated Karen Hughes "Not Performing"?

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Who Rated Karen Hughes "Not Performing"?

The answer may surprise you. According to the Feb. 27 issue of The New Republic:
Since her appointment as Bush's public diplomacy czar last March, we've seen Karen Hughes display a remarkable talent for failing to learn on the job .... Now it looks like her boss's office has finally noticed her shortcomings.

On February 6, the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched a website, ExpectMore.gov, to track the effectiveness of government programs. The site categorizes Hughes's public diplomacy effort as "Not Performing."

"There is no broad overarching US Government public diplomacy strategy," the assessment says.

.... But Hughes seems to have absorbed one important lesson: If you're "not performing," why have an audience?

After being pilloried in the press for her obliviousness during her last "listening tour" of the Middle East, she made a crucial change for her upcoming trip to the Middle East and Europe: She scaled back her media contingent from 16 reporters to ... none.

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