Thomas Lifson over at the American Thinker has a small article regarding the recent developments in the Black Panther voter intimidation case. To be honest I never really paid much attention to it until this weekend's coverage of Christopher Coates testimony.
I think this is an issue that is going to gain some real traction this week. If what he said is to be believed it pretty much fingers the Justice Department as being a supporter of racism and intimidation. The video is pretty damning evidence of intimidation, I would say. Last time I checked it really isn't necessary to brandish a night stick when going to the polls. Now I do happen to live in the suburbs so perhaps city voting might be a little different but it seems strange that poll officials didn't ask them to leave...oh wait no it doesn't, they were brandishing a club!
The Justice Department really dropped the ball on this one and, frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if Eric Holder loses his job over this. The longer this goes unaddressed the more likely it will have a negative impact on Obama. Will this hurt his legacy in the long run? Probably not but it certainly won't help him in the short term, and if he doesn't come down on this quickly, it's only going to hurt him in the public opinion polls. Lifson thinks that this may hurt the democrats over-all. I doubt it. A racial issue such as this demands a more individualized scape-goat such as Holder and Obama, the democrats on the whole won't really be affected...assuming they don't try to defend and justify the Justice Departments original stance on the issue.