It’s Obvious to Me

(CONTRA MS ALTHOUSE) why the Administration could misstep so badly as to go to so great lengths to get such a sucky result.

They’re incompetent.

They didn’t think it through. They are so full of themselves that they didn’t or wouldn’t listen to experts who told them so. They think of themselves as Idea People who Leave The Details To Underlings in situations where The Devil Is In The Details — such as making sure to have the equipment, the lighting, the angles to get the shot you so blithely assume can be gotten like pointing an Instamatic at Mickey Mouse in the Magic Kingdom.

After all, they must have thought, the Air Force does this all the time — they take gorgeous pictures of airplanes in flight every day.

As I say: the devil in the details.

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