On one hand, the prize itself has been badly devalued by some of it’s recent winners – El Baredi? Arafat the kleptocrat terrorist? Jimmy Carter the dupe, Al Gore, carbon profiteer?
And I have to say that this award – to Obama before he’s actually, you know, accomplished anything – devalues it further. It becomes one of those MTV awards bands with a hot single get before they develop substance abuse problems, enter rehab, go broke, and wind up working at Jamba Juice.
Chait and Kaus both agree that the savvy thing for Obama to do would be to turn it down. It becomes a twofer then – he’s won it and he’s shown some humility and a sense of proportion.
I actually think it’s going to be interesting this morning to see if he does.