Your entire article is like a transcript of a discussion I had a few days ago. I have mixed feelings about whether to gratified or to be concerned that I’m not the only person seeing this. This was absolutely a test. It revealed where everybody stands, who they are and what are their capabilities.
However you ponder two scenarios, clumsily keeping campaign promises or creating a new system of power. I think the second fully fits in to the first and that there’s nothing clumsy about it. From the administration’s perspective, they’re “draining the swamp” just like they said they would.