J. Allen wrote:
^ This. It's all a perception game.
Further evidence shows that politicians other than Frank may be maneuvering, because he did not get the SecState job. We don't know what truly caused the President to go in a different direction with his initial pick.
I liked how the series depicts Frank as not always
getting his way.
Agreed. To me, whether hero or villain, always getting your way makes for boring TV. Get away with enough that it's uncertain what the future holds? That's a lot more fun!