The crowd stretched as far as you could see in downtown Cleveland Monday night to see Bruce Springsteen and witness the climax of the Kerry campaign. "Tonight is the largest crowd in the history of Ohio politics," exclaimed Ohio Congressman Sherrod Brown. "We're not surprised that the boss and the next boss would come to Cleveland the night before the election."
Democrats have done all they humanly can to win Ohio. A few hours before the rally, hundreds packed the chapel of a lovely old downtown church for Election Protection training. Busloads more are coming from all over the nation. One California couple said none of their friends are having election parties because all of them are off volunteering in disparate cities.
It was a measure of the moment's intensity that native son Dennis Kucinich, populist orator and former Cleveland mayor, ignited the crowd with fiery lines of prophecy: "This city feels the hand of destiny that has been placed upon usit's all on the line. Everything we ever hoped for, everything we ever believed in, everything we ever wanted for our countryThis is when history is written by our own hand."