Rick Santorum said that conservative's would never have the elite smart people on their side. I wonder why. If it were not in the video I simply would not believe that Santorum said what he said. The fact is Rick Santorum is not a dumb man. In fact the leadership of the Conservative Movement is very smart.
The problem is that since conservative policies are generally detrimental to the middle class and since the middle class is the biggest voting block it is essential that the conservative elite ensure that its base is maintained as low information citizens or as misinformed citizens. Only then would they vote for those who would implement conservative policies as would Mitt Romney and the Republican Leadership based on their own codified policies (Two Visions For America).
It is for that reason that Conservative leaders are not high on real education. In fact the Texas Republican platform specifically opposes teaching critical thinking skills.
The Texas Republican platform
It opposes multicultural education and "critical thinking": "We believe the current teaching of a multicultural curriculum is divisive," the platform says, adding that it supports teaching "common American identity and loyalty instead of political correctness that nurtures alienation among racial and ethnic groups." In Arizona, where Republicans banned multicultural programs, students in those programs actually out-performed their peers. Texas Republicans also believe "controversial theories" such evolution and climate change — which aren't controversial at all — "should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced." There's more: the GOP also opposes the teaching of "critical thinking skills" because they "focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."