One of Obama's closest contemporaries, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, made only one point worth noting: that the Democrats don't deserve to win just because Republicans deserve to lose--that the Democrats need not just better programs and policies but also a better (than Republicans) vision. But what is that vision? Patrick said he survived the "broken" south side of Chicago because "we had a community." And the vision Obama has, said Patrick, is "to rebuild our national community," which presumably is also "broken." Patrick may have been anticipating a theme of Obama's acceptance speech Thursday. Maybe then Obama will finally describe what the rebuilt national community will look like and how he will go about doing the rebuilding. One thing you can count on for sure is that, like most reconstruction, it will not be an inexpensive project.