Is President Obama in Danger of Losing the Black Vote?
(Huffington Post) — Three things happened in the past couple of weeks that should set off loud alarm bells and whistles in the White House. Two were real surprises, and one was predictable. The first surprise was Valma Hart. In measured and even deferential tones, Hart flatly told President Obama at his economic townhall in Washington DC that she was “exhausted” at defending him. Hart is not a Tea Party cheerleader, GOP audience plant, or a chronic malcontent. She’s a respected middle-class, agency administrator, a one-time fervent Obama supporter, and she’s black. The fact that Hart in a crucial public forum on national TV had the audacity to confront the President with a perfectly legitimate concern speaks volumes about the level of unrest among some core Obama supporters. This would have been unthinkable a year ago.