Being past deadline right now, I shouldn’t have time to quibble, Phil, but . . .
Obama’s coalition of upper class whites, young voters, and blacks was something we’ve never seen before in Democratic primaries.
“Never seen before”? You’ve just described the Democratic Party core constituencies since 1972, when George McGovern was the party’s first presidential candidate to abandon the blue-collar vote. I am profoundly suspicious of those hyping Obama as something altogether unprecedented in politics. Strip away the hype, and he very much resembles McGovern, Dukakis and Kerry in his appeal.