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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Like JFK appointing his brother as Attorney General and also in charge of CIA special operations like over seeing the assassination attempts of Fidel Castro ?

    I'm more concerned with Obama appointing second rate and incompetent people to cabinet post.
    as I am with second rate and incompetent people posting on these threads ... but give Obama a break ... look at the tough act he had to follow ... How do you even come close to a Rumsfeld?

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Why not? If he/she is qualified enough to fill such a cabinet position. However, he/she should be the best qualified or extremely well qualified to even be considered.

    For example, if Hillary Rodham-Clinton wins the next presidency race, why would she not be allowed to give her hubby a job in the cabinet? Nothing to do with any legal issues like taking over for Mr. Holder or positions like that, but foreign secretary or secretary of state should be possible (if he so wished and his wife would want it too).

    Cronyism, giving cushy jobs to friends or family is bad and cannot be tolerated, but if the choice for a friend or family member is based on sound judgment and high qualifications should never be an issue IMHO.
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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    I'm more concerned with Obama appointing second rate and incompetent people to cabinet post.
    Why be concerned. Do you think he would appoint anyone other than Liberals/Dems to most positions? So why be concerned about what you know is going to happen?
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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Probably not a good idea. While I am not sure it should be explicitly illegal, I think any president who did it would pay a tremendous political price doing so.
    Although JFK appointed his brother Bobby as AG without political ramifications, the country wasn't experiencing the rabid, irrational, hate-filled partisan divide it's experiencing now. Also, I could see a hypothetical President Hillary appointing Bill to her cabinet without much blowback... except for republicans, who would wail about anybody any democratic president wanted to appoint.

    (Also, the same goes for democrats and republican presidents... this announcement cheerfully made to stave off hate mail. )


    Edit: Oops, someone beat me to my hypothetical... lol. Damn, I'm always late to the party!

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Although JFK appointed his brother Bobby as AG without political ramifications, the country wasn't experiencing the rabid, irrational, hate-filled partisan divide it's experiencing now. Also, I could see a hypothetical President Hillary appointing Bill to her cabinet without much blowback... except for republicans, who would wail about anybody any democratic president wanted to appoint.

    (Also, the same goes for democrats and republican presidents... this announcement cheerfully made to stave off hate mail. )


    Edit: Oops, someone beat me to my hypothetical... lol. Damn, I'm always late to the party!
    Only if there were to be a second term...
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    I'm OK with a president appointing anyone he thinks he can trust the most. I'd say because of that, relatives should not be excluded, and make fine candidates, if qualified for the position.

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Able to - yes. Is it a good idea, with rare exception - no.

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus903 View Post
    Just curious.
    I say no. Political appointments should be done because the candidate is qualified not because of favoritism.
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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Is the relative qualified?

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    Is the relative qualified?
    Cabinet members need senate confirmation, so I hope they actually do such a qualification process.

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