The importance of symbolism
There were many symbolic moments in this election, not the least being the election of a black man to the Presidency. Rod Dreher points out one of my favorites:
2. Modern liberalism began its implosion with riots in Chicago's Grant Park at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Tonight, modern liberalism is reborn at Chicago's Grant Park, where a black Chicago Democrat will celebrate winning the presidency.The Obama campaign understands the significance of imagery, so I'm sure they appreciated this point long before I caught on to it last night. They also must have had a similar thought when they chose to have the last campaign rally in Manasass, Virginia, site of the first battle of the Civil War.