Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has a longstanding gripe with higher education, particularly the exasperating way that colleges seem so irritatingly to produce Democrats.

But now he’s got a new, particularly strange gripe. According to an article by Rebecca Kaplan at National Journal:

On the president’s efforts to boost college attendance, Santorum said, “I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely … The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country.”

He claimed that “62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it,” but declined to cite a source for the figure. And he floated the idea of requiring that universities that receive public funds have “intellectual diversity” on campus.

Wait, so you think Barak Obama is deliberatively trying to get more Americans into college in order to indoctrinate them?

It’s not, after all, all that bizarre to suggest that people get more liberal when they go to college (perhaps because, you know, they’re exposed to new and interesting ideas) but it’s very, very odd to suggest President Obama is doing this on purpose to, you know, ensure the election of a Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.

This college for all plan would represent a decidedly inefficient strategy for electing Democrats.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer