At a website called Ricochet- which I never read, as I gave up on mainstream conservatism some time ago- Obama is compared to 60’s New York mayor John Lindsay, perhaps the first politician to put together a rich/poor coalition.
Lindsay wasn’t that innovative- leftist politics were headed down this road as soon as communists started to work their way back into power in the Democratic party in the mid to late 50’s. Rich, upper-crust people jumping in front of the parade wasn’t new either- upper-class Englishmen became communist spies in the 30’s. This is still the first clear and obvious example of it in America though.
Mainstream conservatives used to talk policy ad nauseam, while ignoring the raw power politics of leftists. They seem to be a little more aware of how the leftist coalition operates.