President Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize--only the third sitting US president to be so honored. That's quite an accomplishment. And as Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty says, the "appropriate response is congratulations."
Unfortunately, not all of his Republican brethren and sistren see it that way. Instead, most of them have joined the Taliban in denouncing the award and its recipient. Talking Points Memo is keeping up a running list of reactions, so I won't. But as frequent poster Randy Johnson said recently, if Obama cured cancer, they'd come out in favor of cancer. It's not surprising that they can't, even for a minute, take the high road and appreciate that the world actually likes our president. But it is disappointing. They cheered when we lost the Olympic bid, and they gripe when we win a Nobel Peace Prize. Nice.
UPDATE: Okay, I have to edit this a bit, because as more reactions come in, more Republicans are being decent and gracious, outweighing some of the early ridiculousness from people like Limbaugh, Michael Steele, and Bill Kristol. John McCain, who I chastised yesterday, said: "I congratulate President Obama on receiving this prestigious award. I join my fellow Americans in expressing pride in our President on this occasion." And other elected officials are making similar gestures. I'm pleased to see my low expectations not being fulfilled.