Alternet's article on Santorum's "no history courses at seven or eight of the California system of universities" quote.
The gist of it is that the quote isn't really a gaffe. It's the beginning of an organized attempt to defund public universities. And UC, home to Berkely, where Reagan ended the free tuition to punish those hippy scumbags, is the strongest target and most well known to the right.
...picking on UC was telling in another way. When conservatives seriously gather themselves to go after somebody, they always attack frontally, at their intended victim's point of greatest strength. (See also: swiftboating.) The University of California system has long been regarded as the best public university system in America, and Berkeley as the best single public university in the country. Santorum's story's focus on this particular system -- the biggest, baddest exemplar of its type -- is no random accident. It draws a bead on the strongest target on the field. This is almost always a clear sign that conservatives are lining up their artillery -- in this case, for an open assault on America's public colleges and universities.