Nobel Nuttery

Mr Obama has won a Nobel Peace prize. One reaction, from the left reads:

Of course the Republicans are going to freak out. Our guy wins a Nobel Peace Prize after 9 months in office, primarily for tinkering with the worst excesses of the wars their guy started. That’s humiliating. Humiliated Republicans lash out, news at eleven.

Hmm. Lash out? With remarks like this?

We appreciate his effort for peace which he just initiates and we have to wait for the result.

Isn’t it a bit premature for him to get the prize? We are not sure how it will affect his mindset.

or this?

Does Obama deserve The Prize? Has he done anything to warrant it? Does giving it to so young a man, in the infancy of his Presidency, devalue all those who worked long and hard to earn it? Or does it not matter at all, because the Nobel is such a political prize anyway (as anybody who has read Irving Wallace’s The Prize will know), given to Yasser Arafat and Menachem Begin?

or this?

This may well turn out to be the watershed year in the decline of Nobel Prizes. What were the committee members eating or smoking?

President Obama may well deserve this award in years to come. But not at this time. He has just begun his strive and is yet to leave a mark on world peace.

Oh, wait. Those weren’t conservative wingnuts at all. That was a collection of South East Asian blog reactions. Try Egypt.

There is a point here. The “conservative” bloggers  and “Republicans” are “lashing” out in exactly the same way as, it seems, is the rest of the world with at best, a collective “huh, wtf?” And if you don’t find that sort of reaction reasonable and ordinary … I suggest you need to dial the tension down your partisan wig and let some blood flow return to your little grey cells.

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6 comments

  1. Boonton says:

    Perhaps the Republicans were chastened a bit by the sorry spectacle of GOP/Conservative notables openly cheering America losing the 2016 Olympics. Rooting against your own country is pretty unpatriotic. What’s next? Burning the American flag if Obama wins re-election?

    On the positive side, learning to tone down their anti-Americanism a bit indicates that the GOP is not totally disconnected from reality. Perhaps there’s hope yet for them.

  2. Mark says:

    Boonton,
    Well, I had mixed feelings. I’ve heard that Chicagoans were 5 out of 6 against having the Olympics in town, that it was a primarily a Daly push locally (and by the larger Olympic committees). I don’t really know how accessible Olympic events are to the people living in the region in which they are held. It might have been nice though to have a push to getting new facilities/venues for non-mainstream sports in the Chicago area.

  3. The “conservative” bloggers and “Republicans” are “lashing” out in exactly the same way as, it seems, is the rest of the world with at best, a collective “huh, wtf?” And if you don’t find that sort of reaction reasonable and ordinary … I suggest you need to dial the tension down your partisan wig and let some blood flow return to your little grey cells.

    My reaction, as you know, was “WTF?” I think that’s reasonable and ordinary. Most other liberals seem to have had the same reaction.

  4. Boonton says:

    I understand why the US lost. Chicago had mixed feelings on them and the US has had several Olympics already. Rio was very motivated and S. America never had one before so I can understand why the call was made. I also believe, though, its bad form to root against your own country and it’s also bad form to be happy when someone on your ‘team’ fails to score a point. The cheers at NRO and the Daily Standard were not because it was fair that Rio won but because they found it pleasurable to see America loose if it could count as a ‘point’ against Obama.

  5. Mark says:

    JA,
    Not apparently the blogger I noted above (who apparently is getting cues from the DNC because according to Mr Greenwald, what’ she’s writing is in synch with them. He being himself on the left, is considerably harder on them than I.

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