So how could the nation's "educated elite" possibly be played for such suckers? The answer is simple. They live in a bubble. Everybody says the same things and thinks the same things and anybody who is any different is to be marveled at as an exotic flower rather than engaged in serious conversation.
That's the delicious irony of the "Liberal Elite." They confuse affirmation with intelligent criticism. They actually believe that Leftist thought is prima facie evidence of higher intelligence. They insulate themselves in their own Bizarro World, where up is down, black is white and reality is whatever some Ivy League PhD* says it is.
In a nutshell, they're too stupid to know how stupid they are. They simply don't understand that reality exists regardless of ideology. You can decry the law of gravity as being unfair, racist, oppressive, Islamophobic and an all-around big mean stupid-head, but at the end of the day, if you step off that building, things will go very badly for you.
I can only hope that some of them will get it someday.
*PhD: "Piled higher and Deeper."