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 The ballots have been counted, they’ve cleaned up Grant Park, and the 2008 presidential election is finally history — literally.

Whether you’re ecstatic or disgruntled about the outcome, you have to agree that what happened is unique, in more ways than the obvious (our first black president). The fact that more than 130 million Americans turned out to vote (the biggest number in 44 years!) flies in the face of conventional wisdom about voter apathy, political burnout, voting along racial/regional lines, and just about everything else we’ve come to expect.

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