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That's Why They Play The Game

The Nobel Prize Committee (here they are in case you're curious) has managed to do something that the McCain campaign could never accomplish: turn the phenomenon of Barrack Obama into pure satire. One of Ann Althouse's commenter's noted (via Instapundit) :

This just reinforces my ongoing impression that we've been living out a satire for the past year or two.

...It's like no one's even serious about anything anymore. None of it matters. It's the Society of the Spectacle.

Which point brings to mind the old maxim "that's why they play the game". This phrase is rooted in the lore of odds makers, handicappers and their clients: gamblers. As anyone who follows sports knows one of the key ingredients in the recipe for an exciting game (or race) is the run up to the event itself or, to borrow the phrase, The Society of the Spectacle. Odds makers weigh in with their analysis of each teams' strengths and weaknesses as they try to predict the difference in the final score of a game. Handicappers (in horse racing) examine lineage, racing results and times in an heroic attempt to quantify the process of predicting a winner.

The political process is in some ways no different as it relates to the Society of the Spectacle. There is a period of courting, preening, pretending and obfuscating (campaigning) as candidates actively participate in the theatre. But at the end of the day, the game itself (governing) must be played . And therein lies the dilimma of Barack Hussein Obama today. The Nobel Peace prize committee handed him an award for courting, preening, pretending and obfuscating at the very moment he needed to demonstrate that he could actually play the game (govern). This irony was not lost on the American public, which seems to be taking notice that there is not just a question of work product that is found lacking in this president but also a lack of work ethic.

The metaphors and analogies that decribe today's Peace Prize poison are everywhere in the blogosphere , which means serious trouble for a President that has never been forced to contend with ridicule, sarcasm and humor. Perhaps sometime this weekend Barack Obama will come face to face with those realities. But I doubt it. Until he surrounds himself with real players instead of the band and the cheerleaders, he will never understand why he must actually have to play the game.


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It's interesting to note th... (Below threshold)
JC Hammer:

It's interesting to note that two of the harshest comments about the award come from the Taliban and the Republican National Committee. I'd expect that from the Taliban, who think the idea of a peace prize is for someone who kills the most infidels, but I'd expect the RNC to be a little more gracious.

All this is good, but ... (Below threshold)
sam:

All this is good, but

Where are the jobs?

Why is Gitmo still open?

Why are we still in Iraq?

The Ig Nobel is indistingui... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

The Ig Nobel is indistinguishable from the real Nobel?

Sam, the jobs are coming. A... (Below threshold)
JC Hammer:

Sam, the jobs are coming. All the top 2%, and all the CEO's making millions in bonus have decided to get our country going again, because the elected critters from both parties aren't doing squat. Just don't hold your breath for them to get the jobs going.

In fact, they have finally decided that greed is no good, and will bring all the out shoring of jobs back home.

Just waste every religious nut in Gitmo, and it could be closed. Iraq still has oil and the robber barons will keep us there. Hell, it's that simple, don't let the BSer's mislead you.

Of course there will be some that doesn't agree, but hell, spin it anyway you want, seems like everyone else tries to do it. And forget the facts, that's the best way. But some people get mad when you say that. Oh well. just saying.

A Nobel Peace prize for wor... (Below threshold)
kathie:

A Nobel Peace prize for words, pretty words at that. It is all soooo Obama. Crown upon crown for words, it is just too precious,

Last week SNL does a skit o... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Last week SNL does a skit on Obama which sends Blizter into a krieg of fact checking. Is it remotely possible SNL was going to follow up this weekend with a satirical skit where Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize for basically doing jack/squat and the committee got wind of it and decided to save Obama's butt by actually awarding him the Prize????

Sec. of State Bill and Hill... (Below threshold)
John S:

Sec. of State Bill and Hillary Clinton must be really pissed. He tried to get that prize for 8 years. Pursuing the prize was the centerpiece of Clinton's foreign policy. It was the main reason we were left open for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

I wonder what Obama's prize will cost us in American blood.

Billy Jeff must be seething... (Below threshold)
Trajan:

Billy Jeff must be seething in his hotel room,
watching the hero of the "fairy tale" get the
gold ring....and he has to drop his blonde date
at the airport in the AM and fly back into the
real world of tiptoeing around Hillary and
praising her morning muu-muu....averting his
eyes before the pancake make-up and girdle
go on at 10 am sharp.....and jumping on the
cellfone the moment the front door slams.

John S. I love the way you ... (Below threshold)
JC Hammer:

John S. I love the way you spin the BS. Both the President and Vice President were warned about the attacks on 9-11. They ignored it. You have/still have CDS. And now you have ODS. And you bitched about people who had BDS.

ROTFLMAO. Drink some Johnny Walker Red, instead of the Kool aid, it will help you for the main reason, you drink enough of it, in the morning your little head is hurting and all you want is the hangover to go away.

"Devil with the Blue Dress ... (Below threshold)
Trajan:

"Devil with the Blue Dress On" is still
whistled by Clinton in hotel showers world-
wide. Nobel Prize, no....but lotsa notches
on the old peacemaker. A man could do worse.

4.Greed and envy are... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

4.
Greed and envy are both sins, but on a functional level greed is far better than envy. People will sometimes work longer or harder because they are greedy. Greed can be (but not always) productive. Envy is never productive and in most instances is quite destructive. Conservatives (and Libertarians) tend to suffer from greed whereas Leftists gravitate to envy. Choosing the path of envy to fight greed is a losing proposition.

Billy Jeff must be seeth... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Billy Jeff must be seething in his hotel room,
watching the hero of the "fairy tale" get the
gold ring....

I disagree...in fact, I bet they are both chortling. The NPP is going to hang like an albatross on his neck. This is Obama's "Mission Accomplished" moment. The SNL-type programmes are starting to see the Emperor in his new shiny wardrobe.

This opens the wedge for a possible challenge in the 2012 primary race for President. ESPECIALLY if in 2010 the Dem party gets it's collective arses clobbered.

Next stop for the O...American Idol. He'd be a shoo-in.

"Both the President and Vic... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Both the President and Vice President were warned about the attacks on 9-11."

That tin foil hat's really beginning to squeeze the ol' brain cells.

Obama won the Nobel for bei... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Obama won the Nobel for being Obama, the blank screen upon which one can project one's fantasies.

"Both the President and Vic... (Below threshold)
914:

"Both the President and Vice President were warned about the attacks on 9-11"

Yes, Bill and Al were warned in 1993.. Kudos for pointing that out..

What the left misses is tha... (Below threshold)
jim m:

What the left misses is that the sarcasm is not solely from the right. The press throughout Europe has expressed their lack of appreciation for this selection.

British papers called it absurd. Even the HuffPo came out saying that giving Obama this prize was stupid.

If I could feel sorry for Obama (I can't) this is one situation where I would. He's getting this fabulous award and fame and attention...but it is all with the loud and clear message: "You don't deserve this. You didn't do anything to merit it and everyone knows it."

Mr Ego is ever so slightly embarrassed because he got this award and he can't really appreciate it. Everyone knows it is an empty and meaningless award and he knows that we all know it.

He's never going to be able to appreciate this. It will forever be tainted. It is the first Affirmative Action Nobel.

Next step is for him to win... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

Next step is for him to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Only, he actually deserves that one.

"The Nobel Prize Commit... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"The Nobel Prize Committee (here they are in case you're curious)"

Yepper, that's them and it explains a lot doesn't it?

4 out of the 5 being women they are, ahem... "impressed" by a young virile black man.

Aside form the anti-bush sentiment of course.

HughS, I agree. If you just... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

HughS, I agree. If you just look at the arguments the liberal trolls make in blog comments here and elsewhere you will see that the left is now fundamentally unserious. All of their arguments consist of varying proportions of spin, half-truths, repeated lies, and insults. They have abandoned reason. The election of Obama is just a symptom of their tragic flight from reality.

JC -Bush was warne... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

JC -

Bush was warned? Yeah, but the statement that "Al Quaeda wants to attack the US" isn't exactly precise enough to actually intercept an operation. And that's all the so-called 'warnings' amounted to. No date, no flight numbers, no names, no actual details - just a 'Hey, Al Q wants to beat your ass' note and that was about it.

It's on the order of predicting "Sometime in the next year, you're going to have an auto accident." It's useful as a general caution, but doesn't contain enough information to actually avoid the semi full of bananas who's brakes have failed that's going to run the light at the bottom of the long hill JUST as you get stopped in the intersection because some dumb-ass PETA protestors stop traffic to point out 'Meat Is Murder' on August 14th, at 3:25 PM, in Scranton, PA.

See the difference between the two ideas? In one, you don't have a clue about actual events. In the second, you've got enough detail to actually avoid the problem.

klrtz1 - you're right. The left is fundamentally unserious, to the point where their 'reality-based' thinking is actually denying the reality of what's around them in preference to fantasies that make them feel all warm and fuzzy and virtuous.

JLawson, it's tragic that y... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

JLawson, it's tragic that you have to spell it out so clearly for JC. Now he has to stick his fingers in his ears and yell "la-la-la-la". Have you no compassion?

Oyster:Only for hi... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Oyster:

Only for his ear mites.

In the hills we have always... (Below threshold)

In the hills we have always called it the Noballs Peach Pies and now it's very fitting.

Maybe there's a bright spot... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Maybe there's a bright spot in all this, even the some of the libs are being to realize how ridiculous this award has become. Now if it will only dawn on the Norwegians.

GarandFan, it's more than j... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

GarandFan, it's more than just some libs ... it's growing numbers because it is so ridiculous that they can't even give cover to the farce.

Add The Daily Beast and even Daily Kos to those shaking their heads.

The moon - that nocturnal i... (Below threshold)

The moon - that nocturnal inspiration to poets and lovers for centuries - was viciously attacked yesterday morning at 7:31 EST by Muslim terrorist Barack HUSSEIN Obama and his co-conspirators within THE GOVERNMENT.

A clear message has been sent by this radical jihadist to good and decent people everywhere. There is no room for misinterpretation: if they can target the moon - THE MOON! - in such a ghastly and unprovoked matter, it proves - conclusively - that Main Street is not safe. All of us are vulnerable to their insidious wickedness and villainy. Our children must be protected from the radical, hideous agenda of this man and his vile administration. Mark my words, my fellow Americans - today the moon, tomorrow Anytown, USA. OH, THE HUMANITY!

Where will it all end? What sinister plans does he have in store for Christendom? Don't say you weren't warned, America! Don't you dare say you weren't given ample notice of this Kenyan-born extremist's evil intentions for us. I can see it now: Death Panels! Communist Medicine! An abortion clinic in every public school! Generations of innocent American schoolchildren forced to memorize entire paragraphs of the autobiography of Malcolm X! I have seen the future, my friends. It is bleak. Very very bleak.

But seriously folks....

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Hugh S in the post above: <... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

Hugh S in the post above:

The metaphors and analogies that describe today's Peace Prize poison are everywhere in the blogosphere , which means serious trouble for a President...

What an interesting and no doubt unwitting choice of violent imagery in the use of the word "poison". Poison inflects death - a secret wish perhaps? Or perhaps not so secret...

Obama didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize - the American people did - in recognition of the great contribution our country made towards world peace by taking the White House away from the Republicans.

All you guys can derive from this is to find new reasons to hate Obama. Your hate illustrates the reason why the Nobel committee decided to give the award to Obama.

He's the Anti-You.

Vic

Vic,Hate to say it, ... (Below threshold)
CDR M:

Vic,
Hate to say it, but the American People did NOT win the award. I believe Obama said I and not we the American people when he accepted his award. There is no I in team.

Seriously Vic, you tell me what foreign policy initiative that Obama has undertaken that has borne any benefit to the US? What have the Russians given up? The Iranians? The North Koreans? Honduras? Israel? Poland? If anything, his treatment of Israel and lack of spine with Iran will in most likelihood result in war breaking out by the end of the year. How will that Peace Prize taste then?

"Obama didn't win the No... (Below threshold)
914:

"Obama didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize - the "American people did - in recognition of the great contribution our country made towards world peace by taking the White House away from the Republicans."

I did not win it or want it.. Lay off the narcotics.

"What an interesting and no doubt unwitting choice of violent imagery in the use of the word "poison". Poison inflects death - a secret wish perhaps? Or perhaps not so secret..."

Political death for sure...No secret.

JC Hammer,I'll give ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

JC Hammer,
I'll give you the same quality of warning Bush 43 got in 2001 abou the twin towers.
Somebody out there wants to kick you ass. If given a chance, they will. No details of how or when, but they won't respect any common courtesy.

Here's something more specific: If I ever meet you, it is my intent to give you wedgie that will make all past wedgies you received in school pale in comparrison.

If Bush had enough information to predict and stop 9/11, then you friendo, had better be on the lookout for a halfbreed that dresses like the amish (I like suspenders and colored shirts, sue me). And consider going commando from now on, since you've been given very, very specific warning, and should now be able to discern the exact time and place I will attempt my attack. BY your standards, that is.
When you and your super computers are done figuring that out, let me know. I don't have the time or level of concern to do so.

Damned typos.Scotch ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Damned typos.
Scotch and typing don't always mix.

Congratulations President O... (Below threshold)

Congratulations President Obama.

#32I 2nd that! Con... (Below threshold)
914:

#32

I 2nd that! Congrats on being the worst President ever Obama!

My first reaction was to la... (Below threshold)

My first reaction was to laugh.

My dad's first reaction was to laugh.

This is the day we all discovered the emperor's new clothes was his old birthday suit all along.




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