Michael Steele put out the following in a fundraising letter which I think says a lot about republican thought:
“The Democrats and their international leftist allies want America made subservient to the agenda of global redistribution and control,” Steele wrote. “And truly patriotic Americans like you and our Republican Party are the only thing standing in their way.”
Liz Cheney, nitwit scion of the Evil Emperor, had this to say:
"I think the president himself understands he didn't earn this prize and therefore the notion that this White House has said he would go to Oslo to accept the prize would add to the farce," said Cheney.
She offered the following proposal: "I think what he ought to do, frankly, is send the mother of a fallen American soldier to accept the prize on behalf of the US military. Frankly, to send the message to remind the Nobel committee that each one of them sleeps soundly at night because the US armed forces, because the US military is the greatest peacekeeping force in the world today."
She wants to lecture and wag a finger at an ungrateful world who don't appreciate all we americans do.
Bill Kristol decided to take the snarky route:
"It's hard for me to be objective about this because I'm so disappointed personally," he said. "I was up early Friday morning. I thought the phone might ring, you know. Pundits for peace. I deserve it pretty much. President Obama and I have done about the same amount to bring about world peace, I think."
I think that Steele's is the most telling reaction and clearly illustrates the reason that Obama got the prize. The xenophobic kneejerk feeling that the world is trying to redistribute "America's wealth." Might want to read a book on colonialism. Think its mostly been the other way around. Bush did have an "us against the world" mentality thanks to the likes of John Bolton and co. and I think the Nobel Prize is merely the sound of the rest of the world exhaling. We have been unilateral to the point of antagonism for too long and the rest of the planet is welcoming us back.
Although Bolton's Realpolitic in regards to North Korea and Iran might prove more realistic in the long run. The paddy caking stupor of Mohammed ElBaradei at the United Nations doesn't give me much solace either. We will see.