Only 3 hours after the news was announced, there are two threads running here at the Dope, one in MPSIMS (27 posts, so far) and in Great Debates (57 posts).
And after a total of 84 posts, every single one of them is in total agreement that Obama doesn’t deserve it. Not one person has disagreed, even on some minor nuance.
The only question is whether The Nobel Committee is totally deranged, or only temporarily drunk.
But one thing is clear: the Emporer has no clothes.
So now I’m wondering: who will have the guts to say so out loud?
Obviously, all the presidents, kings and queens of the world will have to make bland statements of support. But too many bland statements make you look even sillier. At some point, people will realize that it’s better to sit quietly and ignore it, rather than take part in a farce. And somebody might actually speak the truth.
Who would dare to refuse to publicly challenge the wisdom of the Nobel Committee?
It’s gonna take a brave individual to be the lone voice of dissent.
Maybe somebody who, say, has already proven that he is brave enough to be the lone voice of dissent… (when he voted against the Iraq war.)
I beg to differ. I said he deserves it- number one he is not Bush. Number two is he kept McCain and Palin out of the White House. Those are enough for me.
The Republicans are just waiting to jump all over it, but first they need to see what the recipient has to say. If he says he is humbled and surprised, it’s going to look like sour grapes for the Pubs to pile on saying he didn’t deserve it. Of course the Faux News commentators will be all over this one. If Rush blows a gasket and keels over, then I’d say the prize is definitely deserved.
I posted after this OP, but I for one didn’t say any such thing. I was extremely surprised with the choice, but I get what they are doing. It’s their prize and they can do what they want with it. Henry Kissinger won the thing in 1973, and his work for peace in Vietnam didn’t bring peace to Vietnam - and did spread war to Cambodia.
Even if you grant that Obama is a poor choice, he would not be the first, and he sure as hell wouldn’t be the first controversial choice. The Nobel committee has its own biases and goals and I think most people would acknowledge that.
As as far as challenging the award… please. The birthers, tea partiers, pundits and others would criticize Obama if one of his daughters won an award for selling the most girl scout cookies. They will have no problem bashing this choice. Michael Steele’s already put out a sarcastic statement on the matter.
I was one of those posts and I am not in total agreement, and neither, it appears, is the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. I won’t say I wasn’t shocked that he won it… I was. I won’t even claim that I don’t find it a bit odd. But if one thinks a bit about all the different ways that peace can be promoted and encouraged, one might realize that it is not undeserved after all.
Obama goes to Copenhagen to stump for the Olympics to be awarded to the USA. EPIC FAIL!!! ANTICHRIST!!!
Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize but neither expected it or had any part in his nomination or winning it. MEGA-ULTRA-SUPER EPIC FAIL!!! HE SUCKS THE SCALY COCK OF SATAN!!!
This is what it has all come to? We are so fucked.