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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Phil Smith
The uneasy relationship between President Obama and coal-state Democrats is on display at the party's convention this week, with delegates from states such as West Virginia and Kentucky openly acknowledging the president has dug himself a hole.
The nation's largest coal miners union has yet to make an endorsement for the upcoming presidential election after giving President Obama its full and early support four years ago -- hinting it may sit out the race.
"It's been a difficult environment for us in the last couple of years. We don't feel like our voice is being heard," said union spokesman Phil Smith.
"I'm not seeing any great groundswell of support for either candidate," Mr. Smith said. "At the same time, we are a union, and Mr. Romney and especially now [his running mate Paul] Ryan are not exactly known as friends of unions."