Attacks by Republican party chair Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh clearly didn’t get it quite right – their comments were criticised as anti-American. As a result, most Republicans have been struck silent since the announcement. “There will be an outcry from those on the right who will say that Obama's nomination, made two weeks into his presidency, is impossible to justify, but I think such an outcry will sound like right-wing whining,” former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee predicted. Best to let those on the left explain why the president deserved it. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said on his weekly radio show, “anytime someone wins a Nobel Prize, I think it's an appropriate response to say congratulations.” But silence was the response from 2012 presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin. Even Newt Gingrich declined to comment, as did George W. Bush. By contrast, Senator John McCain, Obama’s presidential opponent last year, said the country was “proud” of the president. At least McCain’s a mensch. P.S.: In of all places, Obama stalwart, The Washington Post, editorialised that the Iranian woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, killed by thugs working for the Islamists, had moved the world, and a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize award to her would have encouraged democrats worldwide.