I’m curious: how much of a choice is the President-elect really given over these appointments? How much arm-twisting goes on from the political machine/parties that are in power?
The reason I ask this is after the 2008 campaign trail, with Hillary & Obama completely at each other’s throats (possibly posturing, but regardless this still stands out), then Obama makes Hillary Secretary of State. With absolutely no qualifications other than being a Senator — obviously a play to build up to the 2016 election cycle. But having nothing to do with what OBAMA wanted — and everything to do with the DNC/Hillary etc.
So did Obama choose Hillary, or was Hillary chosen for Obama?