President Obama needs to clear the air. As a former law professor who specialized in voting rights, he is aware of how important even-handed application of the law is to election integrity. In 2007, then-Sen. Obama introduced a bill to protect Americans from tactics that intimidate voters. It also increased the criminal penalty for voter intimidation to five years in prison from one year.As much as Obama would like this to go away, I do not think it is going to. The Wall Street Journal has been banging on this New Black Panther story for awhile and now Congressional members are joining in. From John Fund's piece, titled "Holder's Black Panther Stonewall, Why did the Justice Department dismiss such a clear case of voter intimidation?" comes the above quote.
"There is no place for politics in this debate," he testified before Mr. Conyers's committee in March, 2007. "Both parties at different periods in our history have been guilty in different regions of preventing people from voting for a tactical advantage. We should be beyond that."
One way to get there is for Mr. Obama to insist his Justice Department reinstate the Black Panther case or provide a full explanation for why it was dropped.