Snobby Santorum gripes about giving up paycheck as kids head to college

Rick Santorum really stepped in shit when he called President Obama a “snob” for wanting Americans to attend college. “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college; what a snob,” he said during an appearance at an appearance between the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity.

The comments ricocheted around the political world like, well, like a ricocheted bullet, eventually forcing Santorum to backtrack a bit.

“[Snob] was a strong term, probably not the smartest thing,” the White House hopeful told Wolf Blitzer on Friday. And yesterday, during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Santorum tried to do a little more damage control by saying he had perhaps misconstrued Obama’s position on college — the president wants all Americans to have the opportunity to do at least one year of higher education or a vocational training program — and remarked, “I’ve read some columns where, at least it was characterized that the president said we should go to four-year colleges. If I was in error on that, I certainly… if you say you haven’t found that, I’ve certainly read that. If it was in error, then I agree with the president.”

Now, in a bizarre effort to either relate to struggling Aericans or prove his political dedication, Santorum is saying that he gave up lucrative consulting position to run for president, a decision that may impede his ability to send three of his seven children to college in the next few years.

I walked away from all of the jobs that I had and all the money that I had. We’re living basically spending down our savings. That’s not necessarily the best thing to do when you have three kids heading into college in the next couple of years, but this country is worth it,” he told a crowd in Miamisburg, Ohio, where Super Tuesday voters head to the polls tomorrow.

“It is an interesting choice of words for Santorum. Never mind the “I’m sending my kids to college even though I think academia is snobbish” angle. Santorum in this quote sounds just as bad as Mitt “a couple of Cadillacs” Romney: inadvertently bragging about his personal opportunities and wealth while attempting to connect to Republican voters. Basically, Santorum now looks not only like a complete hypocrite, but an asshole. It’s the role he was born to play!