Take the following example from Mark 3:1-2.
And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.Honestly I expect that calmer heads will prevail, and the Pharisees will go back to being the elites or the intellectuals. Hopefully they will also add in an "a" in verse one between noticed and man.
And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
Jesus returned to the synagogue, and noticed man with a crippled hand.
The Liberals watched Jesus to see if they might catch and accuse him of healing on the Sabbath.
Edited to add: Well calmer heads prevailed pretty quickly - it is back to being Pharisee, on the grounds that in this context, it's not a metaphor. It refers to an actual group from the time of Christ.