I've written here my reflections on my experience as a Cincinnatian, as a Latino and as a person involved with the president's campaign in Ohio from its inception -- a story that has taken more than a year and a half to complete.
For the first time in the last few months, I am reassured that the changing face of America has a powerful voice that made itself heard over the out-of-touch and dismissive ideology of the extreme right.
From every corner of this nation, a majority sent a resounding message that we will not tolerate a rollback of our liberties, nor will we sit by idly as the rights so many fought and died for were under attack.
Tthe auto-bailout hypothesis missed a larger point. There is a bigger and better hypothesis to explain the successful Obama firewall: The 2010 election, and the experience of living under Tea Party rule. 2010 was the Tea Party election.
Partisan differences themselves are a trap, because they serve largely to factionalize society so that it's hopelessly divided and unable to resist a unified establishment whose interests are at variance with those of the public.
Mitt Romney must realize that he has lost the industrial Midwest because he's completely lost a grip on reality. He's decided to throw a Hail Mary pass that will cause his already-struggling campaign to implode in Ohio.
As we enter the final week of the campaign, an obvious question to ask is how to convert the state-by-state probabilities of an Obama or Romney lead in the polls to probabilities that Obama or Romney will win the state and the election itself.
The subject matter of the first debate -- the economy and domestic policy -- is presumably good terrain for Romney. If Romney can't move the needle after engaging Obama on those matters -- and, according to many snap polls, besting Obama -- when will he?