Shorter Mike McIntyre: …LOOK! SQUIRREL!
Annnnnnd that’s why Cook scores this race as Toss-Up. Well, that and the fact that McIntyre’s now in a double-digit Republican district in a state that is in the process of reverting back to the GOP side anyway.
PS: North Carolina, by the way, is one of the reasons why the Democrats are in the pickle that they’re in with regards to their ostensible goal of taking back the House in 2012: they lost control of the legislature at just the worst possible moment, and now all those fat and happy Democrats in previously-gerrymandered seats are now no longer happy. Guess the Democrats shouldn’t have mucked up the recovery quite so thoroughly, huh?