Here’s the thing about this kind of punditry, however: if you call for someone to resign, and they do not resign, what left is there to say? Even in the Age of Trump, I cannot escalate from a call for resignation. I do not want Tillerson arrested for treason of anything; I just want him to exit the foreign policy stage.

What is a pundit left to do when Tillerson hangs around the corridors or power like an inert, lifeless mass? There are two things. The first is to push back on any attempted counterintuitive take that Tillerson is a good secretary of state. The second is to highlight the recent instances in which Tillerson functions as the negative space of President Trump’s national security team.