Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.So when The Nuge said:
If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.It sounds like he's talking an assassination attempt. In deed there's enough there for the Secret Service to take note of.
Though technically I should point out that if Obama wins re-election in November, his second term (that is to say when he "becomes president again") would not begin until late January, 2013. If he loses in November, he'd still be President until someone else takes the Oath. Obama would "become president again" only when he takes the Oath again. In January, Ted. Not November. But that's a minor minor point. Certainly not illegal.
Certainly not like threatening the life of the President of the United States.
The GOP goes crazy when Hilary Rosen quipped about Ann Romney:
Guess what? [She] has actually never worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and why do we worry about their future.
But when one of their own threatens the life of the President?