The intellectual elites have always lived in their own bubble of ideas, quite apart from the rest of us. That bubble has been drifting away quite rapidly and looks set to continue to do so.
The above graph, courtesy of Charles Murray, shows political attitudes from the General Social Survey of non-Latino whites ages 30–49 in the survey year. What it shows quite clearly is that while most of the country (at least the white part) is mildly trending towards being more conservative, the "intellectual uppers" are heading off the charts on the liberal end (for more details on the chart visit Murray's post).
This ties in well with a recent New York Times column by David Brooks where he whines that, "Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year." Perhaps that's because the "educated class" (or "intellectual uppers") have ideas that are so far removed from the reality that the rest of us experience that those ideas simply don't make any sense to us commoners anymore.