In 2001 we had a new President who barely won. He was under pressure to make his cabinet half Democrat. We were coming off the first female Secretary of State and only a few critical aspects of national security were compromised. The new President's family is bigoted (denying their Native American and gypsy ancestry). He had to get a second term to outperform his father. He was dumb and didn't want to be overshadowed by the staff. So Powell's appointment to that job is also tainted.