I shouldn’t have to remind anybody of the potential ramifications. One could argue that the beginning of the end of the George W. Bush presidency was the mishandling of Hurricane Katrina. Michael Brown, the then-head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, had very little experience in emergency services, but was personal friends with the then-FEMA head, Joe Allbaugh.

The last thing we need is to risk another “You’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie” moment in the V.A. Haven’t these poor veterans been through enough already?

Trump likes to govern from the gut, but his hiring decisions of late seem to cut against what might have been a strength for him—his promise to “hire the best” people. The problem is the way Trump defines “the best.” It’s not people who have experience or expertise—qualities that might cause someone to occasionally think for themselves. It’s trusted loyalists.