A real disconnect has developed between the way elected Republicans and the conservative commentariat have dealt with Barack Obama's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize.
On Sunday, Liz Cheney -- daughter of the former vice president -- called the whole thing a "farce" and reminded the Nobel committee that they sleep "soundly at night because the U.S. military is the greatest peacekeeping force in the world today."
"The notion that this White House says he will go to Oslo to accept this prize just adds to the farce," said Cheney. "But I do think he could send a real signal here. I think what he ought to do frankly is send a mother of a fallen American soldier to accept the prize on behalf of the U.S. military and frankly to send the message to remind the Nobel committee that each one of them sleeps soundly at night because the U.S. military is the greatest peacekeeping force in the world today."
"[The Nobel Committee would] like to live in a world in which America is not dominant," she concluded.
Speaking later, the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol could barely contain his disdain.
"It's hard for me to be objective about this because I'm so disappointed personally," he started off, jokingly. "I was up early Friday morning. I thought the phone might ring. You know, pundits for peace. Pundits have been under-represented by the Peace Prize. I mean, President Obama and I have done about the same amount to bring about world peace. He's given some good speeches. I've written a few columns."
Both interviews were on "Fox News Sunday." Speaking around the same time on CNN's "State of the Union," Sen. John McCain was far more soft-spoken and magnanimous. The Arizona Republican expressed his pride as an American and urged the president to live up to the standards and expectations that the award entails.
"Oh, I'm sure that the president is very honored to receive this award," he said. "And Nobel Committee, I can't divine all their intentions, but I think part of their decision-making was expectations. And I'm sure the president understands that he now has even more to live up to. But as Americans, we're proud when our president receives an award of that prestigious category."