I was giving a tour of Durham yesterday to a friend moving here to start a new job. We toured a wide variety of the Bull City -- from the Guess/Infinity/Milton corner of suburbia, to Old West Durham and Northgate Park, to Pickett Rd and South Square, to the Streets at Southpoint area.
One thing that stood out for my friend: the Obama signs everywhere. In fact, I didn't notice a McCain sticker or sign anywhere in town.
As it happens, the Obama campaign office opened for business yesterday in downtown Durham, at 112 W. Main St. Many pols, including Cora Cole-McFadden and U.S. Rep. David Price. And, according to the H-S report, at least one perhaps unwelcome guest:
Even former District Attorney Mike Nifong, who lost his job last year because of the Duke lacrosse scandal, spent much of Saturday morning canvassing homes for the Democratic presidential hopeful.
"He's the right man at the right time," said Nifong. "We need to get him elected."
Local Obama spokesman Paul Cox said later that Nifong "has no official role in the campaign and was not recruited by the campaign. He simply showed up as a volunteer."
Helpful hint, Mikey boy. Want to see Barack Obama elected?
Our suggestion: Put a damned McCain sign all over your house, your car. Wear a McCain t-shirt around. Buy some of that McCain golf swag that got mocked on teh Internets a few weeks ago and then go hit the links at Willowhaven.
Mr. Nifong, when you show up somewhere on the political scene these days, the biohazard decontamination team practically needs be close behind to clean up the mess.
So, dearly not-so-departed (from Durham) defrocked district attorney dude: if you really want to see Obama do well in the fall, try not to get your own name within six column inches of his in the fishwrap, 'kay? Lest the Freepers and Drudgies and other crazies get more ammunition.
PS: Barack loves ya right back--
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in a written response to a constituent, said that an "independent inquiry is needed" into the conduct of Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong.... Obama said of the call for a federal investigation that he "will be following its progress closely."