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Rick Santorum Gives Up On ‘Smart People’

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29:  Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the "Patriots for Romney-Ryan Reception" on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC, which is scheduled to conclude August 30.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) No smart friends to be had.

As usual, this week's Values Voter Summit provided a special venue for social conservatives to get extra outrageous with their social conservatism: Family Research Council president Tony Perkins called counseling for bullied LGBT youth "disgusting," while former terrorist-turned-evangelist Kamal Saleem accused Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of a shadow campaign to shut down  the United States' churches and synagogues. (It's worth noting that Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor were present for the festivities.) And finally, former Senator Rick Santorum, who, according to Buzzfeed, admitted that social conservatives "will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country." He added, "We will never have the elite, smart people on our side." We know that no one in politics ever wants to be too closely aligned with the word "elite," but disavowing the entire "smart person" segment of society seems like it could lead to trouble down the line. 

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Photo: Tom Pennington/2012 Getty Images