Rick Santorum is really starting to bother me now. I mean, he always has, but not enough to post something. Just didn’t seem worth it because everything he says is offensive. Yesterday, there was this:
“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.”
As the crowd applauded, Santorum continued.
“There are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them,” he said. “Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his.”
It’s almost too easy to refute. Obviously, he wants people to go to church instead of college – because no indoctrination happens in church. I can almost deal with a devoutly religious party, I can even understand the argument for privatizing education. But advocating that people shouldn’t get an education at all? That’s a new kind of stupid.
What’s especially vexing is that these sorts of stupid comments mean that Mitt Romney will get the nomination. And I’m of a new thought that it’s better to have someone running who sincerely believes in something than a person who fakes every word. People need to understand what fundamentalists truly believe. Santorum’s uncharismatic enough that I don’t fear they’d buy into it.
Andrew Sullivan says it best:
I despise what the GOP has become. But it is what it is. And Santorum is its logical leader. Let this party stand up and be counted. Romney would shroud it in bullshit and blather – while not deviating from it a scintilla. If he won the nomination and lost the general campaign, the GOP would simply blame it on his lack of “real conservatism”. And we’d be back where we started. With Santorum, we’d finally get to test whether that “real conservatism” is indeed the future of the GOP or what I think it is – a reactionary form of madness.
Update: Santorum goes all in: