I think it's especially fun to scrutinize Rick Santorum's bemused expression after Meet the Press host David Gregory quotes a passage from Santorum's 2005 book, It Takes a Family, in which the former Pennsylvania Senator wrote,

It's amazing that so many kids turn out to be fairly normal, considering the weird socialization they get in public schools. In a home school, by contrast, children interact in a rich and complex way with adults and children of other ages all the time.

By adults and children Santorum of course means parents and siblings, people kids get to be around during all the hours they're not trapped in the clutches of the public school system, though when Gregory reads the passage, the estimable former Senator seems to sense with the heightened perception of the last wildebeest to cross a crocodile-infested African river that his mid-decade scribblings make no fucking sense. When Gator-Mouth-Gregory attacks, it takes all the self-discipline that Santorum can muster not to break down about the real reason he hates public schools: when he was on the junior varsity debate team in high school, a fellow student punched him in the face for any number of reasons someone would punch Rick Santorum in the face, breaking the GOP hopeful's jaw so that, for the rest of his political career, he had to talk between his teeth.

[via Buzzfeed]