The column makes three especially compelling points:
- Nifong "won a tight primary in a Democratic town just as criticism of his handling of the Duke lacrosse mess was starting to heat up." The implication (which I share): if the election had occurred a few weeks later, enough would have been known of the extent of Nifong's misconduct that Freda Black might have garnered the 888 additional votes she needed to win the primary.
- Write-in candidate Steve Monks "would do everyone a favor by quitting his campaign." Since he is "sure to siphon off some of the 'anybody-but' vote, Monks' biggest secret supporter might be Nifong."
- "A goodly number of the people who have been critical of Nifong, including [Sheehan--and me], don't live -- or vote -- in the People's Republic of Durham."
This inexplicable silence especially applies to the city's African-American leadership. Does anyone seriously believe that after having engaged in massive procedural fraud in the lacrosse case, a re-elected Nifong will suddenly transform himself into a bastion of civil liberties when his office pursues charges against local African-Americans?