Quote of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY…. There have been some pretty extraordinary responses to President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, some encouraging, some less so. And in general, the reactions from many of the White House’s right-wing detractors have been disheartening.

It’s tough to pick just one — indeed, the day is far from over and there’s plenty of nonsense yet to be aired. After all, Beck’s and Hannity’s cable shows won’t start for hours.

Beck did, however, have a strong entry for Quote of the Day, telling his radio audience that the Nobel Peace Prize “should be give to the Tea Party goers and the 9-12 Project.” As Beck sees it, progressives thought the right wouldn’t contest the Democratic agenda — they did? — so the far-right protestors deserve credit for … something. It wasn’t entirely clear.

But barring any late entries, Rush Limbaugh’s Quote of the Day will be tough to forget. “I think that everybody is laughing. Our president is a world-wide joke,” the radio host said. “Folks, do you realize something has happened here that we all agree with the Taliban and Iran about and that is he doesn’t deserve the award. Now that’s hilarious, that I’m on the same side of something with the Taliban, and that we all are on the same side as the Taliban.”

Well, Rush, not all of us.

It’s been quite a strange year in this regard. In February, Rep. Pete Sessions (R) of Texas, chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee, said he’d like to see his party emulate the Taliban and possibly “become an insurgency.”

And now Limbaugh thinks it’s hilarious that he, the Taliban, and the Ahmadinejad regime are all criticizing the U.S. president in the same way.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.