Frankly, I don’t want this president* to project competence in office. The only thing slowing our slide toward an authoritarian government is the fact that the president* is so bad at it. I don’t want the message to be coherent if the policy is destructive and retrograde. If the president* starts performing the role of The President without throwing himself into the orchestra pit three times a show, then the theater-critic wing of America’s punditocracy may decide that Kelly has made a silk purse out of this particular sow’s ear. It will not be true, but it might be something you can sell.
And too many people are willing to buy it.