It's not that they're elitist-- Actually, I wouldn't know. I've never played online because there are never any games up that have EXACTLY a map, mod, and minimum rank that I have as well, not to mention that the latest release is full of crash-inducing bugs.
I can honestly say that the effort to make singleplayer AIs is starting to pay off, though. I still can't beat KAIK, the one AI that plays like a veteran with no mercy, but I'm good enough to hold my own with the other four. (I mean, duh. Two of them are silly fortress-building bots that only defend, and don't even do THAT well enough to hold off T2 units. Then again, newbies have to start somewhere.)