They had no Plan C. Mubarak and his family had created a power elite as lacking in imagination as they themselves had become.
There is not very much evidence that the Pakistani power elite is likely to come to its senses any time soon.
Hark back to the Buffett Rule, another prime slice of collective madness orchestrated by the power elite.
A term used by the American sociologist (see sociology) C. Wright Mills to describe a relatively small, loosely knit group of people who tend to dominate American policymaking. This group includes bureaucratic, corporate, intellectual, military, and government elites who control the principal institutions in the United States and whose opinions and actions influence the decisions of the policymakers.