David Brooks tries to paint a picture of Obama as a primarily elite phenomenon today - and it's true that he does have major support among the educated, information age elite. But this is more than a "to be sure" paragraph:
When he is swept up in rhetorical fervor, Obama occasionally says that his campaign is 90 percent funded by small donors. He has indeed had great success with small donors, but only about 45 percent of his money comes from donations of $200 or less.
But that's huge. What percentage of Bush's campaign dollars were from donors who gave $200 or less? What's so original about Obama's campaign is that it has both. But that doesn't make for an easy Obama-As-An-Elite-Phenom column.