In today’s issue of Washington Square News, columnist Amanda Fink argues that McCain and Obama should announce who they intend to put in their cabinet a month in advance of the election. Which is completely illegal, and can lead to up to two years in prison.
Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
This raises the question: What kind of example is WSN setting for our presidential candidates? I understand the kids think it’s “cool” to announce your DefSec before you’re even elected, but THERE’S NOTHING “COOL” ABOUT BREAKING THE LAW. It’s a slippery slope from prematurely floating names for Treasury Secretary to huffing glue in the Rose Garden and spray painting obscenities on the side of the Pentagon.