Santorum Thinks You’re a College Snob

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Just when I think Rick Santorum can’t say anything else to make my jaw drop, he conjures something new to confirm my suspicions that he’s not just an uber-conservative, but that maybe he’s gotten a few too many whiffs of those campaign bus fumes.

His latest remarks in his  efforts to convince Republicans that he’s just a blue collar kind of guy is his attack on President Obama for suggesting that all American kids should have the chance to go to college.  Oh, that crazy Barack Obama and his ideas that educating kids for developing careers might be a positive thing in an age where factory jobs are drying up!

In response to the President’s comment, Santorum exclaimed to a crowd of Republican supporters, “What a snob!”

Last time I checked, didn’t most American families at least want to help their children get to college if they wanted to? Of course, not everyone wants to spend four or more years chasing a bachelor’s degree, which is totally fine, but since when did embracing the dream of college become left-wing snobbery?

Rick Santorum is a college-educated guy with two advanced degrees, who has a college-educated wife with an advanced degree, and who has at least one child in college. So how does he get to a place where he thinks he can throw down the ‘he’s a snobby elitist’ card on the education issue?  I guess I missed that lecture during my snobby, elite state college days that there’s a difference between a college educated Republican and a one who’s a Democrat.

When pressed about his seemingly anti-higher education comment, Santorum admitted that he does want all Americans to have that same opportunity to go to college if they want to.  So he just doesn’t want the President to say that?

College snobbery isn’t really the issue here for Santorum.  It’s this — the right thinks that President Obama is using colleges to indoctrinate your children!  I guess these are the same people who thought the ‘work hard and stay in school speech‘ was left-wing indoctrination, as well.  Who knew the leader of the free world had time to focus on that while running the country, trying to boost the economy and keeping the Middle East from imploding!  This is paranoia of an almost Nixonian level.  It’s either that or  Santorum is starting his own trades vs. professions culture war.

Think about it.  There are more people in America without a college education than those who have a degree.  That means there are more voters to woo who haven’t graduated from a four-year college than those who have.  If a candidate can create a narrative that sounds like his or her opponent is more focused on those snobby college elites than unsnobby, high-school educated working voters, that’s a strategy that could pay off.  Except that Santorum is missing the part where most parents who didn’t go to college would love to see their kids get a shot at the education they missed out on.  And no mother or father is going to appreciate an inference that that makes them an elite snob because they’ve tried their hardest to sock money away for at least an education with in-state tuition.

I hate to break it to snobby, elite Rick “I have three college degrees” Santorum, but this plan has backfire written all over it, because for those hard-working blue collar families you’re courting who have kids in college don’t consider them to be left-wing ‘indoctrination mills.”  They call them “opportunity for a better future.”

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2 Responses to “Santorum Thinks You’re a College Snob”

  1. Sharon at Momof6 Says:

    I was absolutely ENRAGED when I heard him make the “What a snob…” comment. Okay- so maybe a good number of the folks in the crowd that came to hear Santorum speak are not college educated…. but do you think that ANY of them don’t want their own kids to go to college?
    And the fact that Santorum is treating college as something that the “elites” do…. well, all I can say is what a sad, sad, statement for America.

  2. Elizabeth Aquino Says:

    Why do we have to take this man seriously? And how do people do so? I heard someone only today on the radio claim that while she didn’t agree with a lot of his statements, she admired his convictions (she was talking about the auto bail-out). I just don’t understand how one can admire morally repugnant convictions!


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