The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. Power is not a means; it is an end … The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power”~ George Orwell
“Intellectually elite” shouldn’t be a pejorative term
Intellectuals use their minds to fool others, as white collar crooks use financial manipulations. With large-scale intellectual-elite political teams of the past such as that of Nixon and Clinton, it should. The Clintons have marked Peronist tendencies. Nixon and his people thought everything could be manipulated by public relations. Numerous Nixons and Clintons exist today.
LBJ was a walking catastrophe.
His Best and Brightest were neither.
Could Trump plausibly do worse than what the Best and Brightest did in ‘Nam?
a party system in which one party, whether in opposition or in the majority, is bent upon reconstituting the existing system so as to permanently favor a ruling class of the wealthy, the well-connected and the corporate
A ruling class of the wealthy, the well-connected and the corporate of all ethnicities, John? Probably the best America could do. Most likely scenario. Odds are the presidential election of 2020 will take place: at that time a first class candidate can be nominated to run for the office.