I get the same feeling. "Elite" probably means their agents have a big hand in this too, which was one of my fears.
Seems like Fehr's pulling all the strings, the players are 100% dedicated to what he wants to achieve, and this it seems was the deal from day 1. The players that go to the meetings are made up of a majority of the elite, with the exception of Jamal Mayers, these elite will decide if there will be a vote, if it doesn't meet their interest it will never go to a vote, the elite control everything, unless they ok it, the 3rd and 4th liners will never get to vote.
Makes my stomach turn over reading the garbage about looking out for the "middle class" of players.
Had Gary come out with a more realistic offer in the summer, he might have been able to get more of the players to break ranks sooner.