Rightbloggers Defend America Against Dangerous Nobel Peace Prize
This week Time magazine had an interesting feature on the Obama Administration's alleged realization that it needed to strike back at "what the White House believes to be misleading or simply false claims..." You have to wonder what took them so long -- and whether such a counter-attack could possibly do any good.
As we've shown here ceaselessly, the rightblogger wing of the anti-Obama offensive has been working since the Inauguration to publicize not only the President's failures, but also his successes as failures. Indeed, they even promote irrelevancies and their own fantasies as Obama failures. Answering this kind of thing with fact-checking and criticism seems beside the point, like arguing with a tape-recording of a Tourette Syndrome episode.
What sort of answer, for example, could be offered to the charge that winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a bad thing? Outside the context of the rightbloggers' war against Obama, the charge makes no sense; within that context, it makes no difference. To answer it would be like arguing that kittens are nice, or that fresh fruit is healthy.
All one can reasonably do is document the reaction and hope that, in some more enlightened age, our descendants can make something useful of it...
As we noted at the time of its announcement, rightbloggers were quick to declare the Prize a liability for the President. Daniel Pipes said that it would "harm Obama politically in the United States." Matzav said it was "the last thing Barack Obama needed at this moment in his presidency." "A weight around his neck?" asked Jewish Week. "Obama joins long line of Nobel Peace Prize losers," said RedState.
"The higher the honor based on future performance, the deeper the hole if he doesn't meet expectations," said On My Watch. "Now a cloud of doubt hangs over the oval office." "Is Obama's European star finally falling to earth?" asked Pajamas Media's Soeren Kern.
Jesus. Imagine what they'd have said if he lost.