Winning isn’t always a good thing, even when that thing happens to be the Nobel Peace Prize.
— Nothing gets GOP partisans more enraged than watching Pres. Obama use his rhetorical skills to post a win. It’s one thing to win an election after spending less than 4 yrs. in the Senate, but winning a Nobel after just 8 mos. in office?
— Some of the harshest rhetoric came from the RNC. In a statement, Steele not only refused to congratulate Obama, but he said it was “unfortunate” that Obama’s “star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights.” GOP Rep./ SC GOV cand. Barrett writes “following in the footsteps of Jimmy Carter is not where America needs to go.”
— Obama’s Rose Garden speech this a.m. was designed to display some modesty. He said the challenges confronting the world “can’t be met by one person or one nation alone.” Yet, it’s hard to believe this will be enough to cool the attacks.
— Meanwhile, a Nobel Prize won’t mean much to Senate Dems worried about the perils of a voting for an energy/climate or health care bill. And it only seems to add one more complication to Obama’s calculation about sending more troops to Afghanistan.
— The irony: A peace prize is only helping to widen the partisan chasm at home.