Santorum's College 'Snob' Zinger Backfires
'I wish he'd said it differently,' says GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2012 6:53 AM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2012 7:16 AM CST
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(Newser) – Labeling President Obama as an elitist is a tried and true way of resonating with an electorate that doesn't give a fig about the price of arugula at Whole Foods, but lambasting him as a "snob" for his efforts to get Americans a college education is falling flat for Rick Santorum, even among fellow Republicans. "I wish he’d said it differently," says Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. "When you look at other countries, China, India, the premium they put on higher education—we’ve got to do better if we still want to be the global leader we are."

Santorum was attempting to underscore his blue-collar cred with Michigan voters, and the effort worked with some—Obama "thinks he knows what's best for everyone," scoffed one pastor—but by and large, Americans see a college education as a cornerstone of the American Dream, notes the Washington Post. GOP governors Jan Brewer, Phil Bryant, Bobby Jindal backed away from Santorum's comment, and Obama himself seemed to take aim yesterday, emphasizing two-year colleges and trade schools as equally important during a meeting with the National Governors Association. By yesterday afternoon, a Santorum adviser was dialing back the comment, saying, “Rick Santorum wants his kids to go to college, but if one of them comes to him with another choice, that’s not a dishonorable decision." (Jon Stewart poked at the statement last night; catch the video in the gallery.)

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Itchywolf
Feb 28, 2012 1:24 PM CST
Next time you see a republican get together or speech, theres a fun "Wheres Waldo" game you can play. I like to call it, "Wheres the Minority?" or "Where are the young people?" If you get frustrated and can't find any, just switch to "Where are the out of date, backwards thinking, stupid old redneck homophobes who bring handguns with them everywhere to compensate for having such a tiny dick they piss on their balls when they go to the bathroom." You'll end up with a pretty accurate headcount of the event. The "What a snob" comment was hilarious, all the stupid mashed potatoes for brains Alzheimer patients and diaper wearers clapping and laughing... Not a single non-white young person in the entire crowd. So yeah, good luck staying alive long enough to watch your idiotic, backwards beliefs die like all your racist, bigoted friends and family. LOL, you are old, sick, dying AND stupid. Hahahah. Dumbasses. I can spot a republican on TV instantly, they are usually, fat, redneck, lazy eyed, with lopsided faces, outdated ideas, screaming and yelling like a petulant child throwing a temper tantrum (Bill O the Clown). They really are just the slightly older (Not grown up) unpopular kids who are still upset that they never got invited to the cool kids parties and are so desperate for attention they will say anything for money or to be on TV. Ohhhh it's all about the economy... Uh, and we gotsta keeps dem gays from duh marrigin each one nother and smack them women in line, who they think they is? People? They should stay at home make me a samich and a baby, guh haw haw huhuhuuh, let's make it illegal for blacks to marry whites while we are at it! And make 'Merican the official language, kick them mexicanos out our schools, they are sub humans, and I don wanna use no condoms and have 24 kids on welfare huhuhuhu. Fucking morons. What a surprise that the party of bigoted ignorance wants to keep kids from going to college. Yeah, keep em dumb and dat bible be all dey needs for dem book learnin I tell HYOU wut! Jesus drove a pickup with a gun rack, we don't need to take care of the earth or find an alternative to oil, God almighty will fix everything for us eventually! Ted Nugent is MY president! HAhahahahha Now let's go Bomb Iran and cut taxes and invade another country! Yeah! Then we can blame it on the NEXT president!
Twiny
Feb 28, 2012 10:19 AM CST
The Democrats will flock to Santorum in the Republican primary. They all know that if Frothy wins the GOP nomination, Obama is POTUS for the next four years. A pleasent plus to Frothy as the nominee, it will tear the GOP apart. The Old Guard will be horrified that they are being represented by a jackass like Frothy, and the Tea Party will blame the Old Guard for Frothy losing the race. Most likely outcome, the Tea Party splits off from the GOP. Or not. (It's fun to think about though, isn't it?)
Moon
Feb 28, 2012 9:00 AM CST
If Dick Santorum somehow managed to get elected, it really WOULD be the Pope running America. Santorum takes his marching orders from his religion. Everybody was worried about that in 1960 and that's why Kennedy had to make the famous "separation of church and state" speech, but in this case, it's true.