I don't think YBR was elitist - it's a fact of life. In Atlanta, it's extremely, extremely rare to get a DA position in any of the metro counties right out of law school. Competition is fierce because many grads either (a) need to make the salary offered in metro areas to afford loan payments; (b) don't want to move out to a rural county where they have no family or contacts; or (c) simply hate the idea of living in a small town in a rural area. The only person I know who got a job at a metro area DA office interned for 2 summers and got very lucky in that a position was open when this person graduated.
So if you're looking to work in a metro area, Biglaw is more likely for recent grads than PD/DA. All of the other people I know that have gotten DA positions right out of school took jobs in counties that are not considered metro, and some are quite far away from the city. Once you get away from metro areas, PD/DA is much easier to land if for no other reason the applicant pool is smaller for the reasons above. It's less competition and not because the jobs are in some way subpar.