Appointments as burdens and benefits

On one hand, the president gets to appoint people to help further the Administration’s initiatives throughout the federal bureaucracy.

On the other hand, the president must appoint people or risk power vacuums. How many positions, though?

The newly-released Plum Book says: 9,000. Over the first 100 days, that’s 90 per day. Even over the course of a year, that’s over two per day.

“Drain the swamp?” Give me a break. “The swamp” isn’t a swamp – it’s an ecosystem, and the president gets to – and must – fill it. And each of those appointments tell us something about the president’s approach to governing.

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