“Please respond only to those positions for which you can name the most qualified candidate,” the directions state.
No doubt the transition operation appreciates that thought.
Just kidding — of course this kind of stunt has nothing to do with Trump’s actual transition. That effort runs on an entirely different track than the campaign and has its own ideas about who should serve in a Trump cabinet. The email’s real intent is raising money.
As a side note, it’s interesting to see how many of the actual cabinet positions the RNC left out of its survey. They ask for suggestions for secretaries of State, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Defense, Treasury, Labor, Energy and Health and Human Services, along with attorney general and White House chief of staff.
That leaves out the heads of the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation and Education, along with six other positions that are cabinet-rank: administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, director of the Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Trade Representative, ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and leader of the Small Business Administration.
Maybe those jobs are too boring to ask about? Would all those positions even exist in a Trump administration?
These are questions we can’t answer. We can say where the form leads, though: right to a fundraising page.