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When well-educated politicians cry 'snob'

When well-educated politicians cry 'snob'

With the Republican presidential nomination contest in high gear, Marylanders might be forgiven for smiling. The word "snob" has returned with full force to presidential politics after a four-decade hiatus. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Penn State University '80, University of Pittsburgh '81, Dickinson School of Law '86), in an old-fashioned beat-down on higher education, recently informed us that President Barack Obama is "a snob" for wanting Americans to go to college, where they would be indoctrinated by "some liberal college professor."

Trying to win swing votes in the 1970 midterm elections, Maryland's own Vice President Spiro Agnew denounced a...