Just about the “He was nominated in January” thing:
[quote]Much has been made today of the fact that the nomination deadline for the Nobel Peace Prize is Feb. 1 – just 12 days after President Obama took office.
But the winner isn’t selected until much later, usually around mid-September. The Norwegian Nobel Committee, made up of five members appointed by the Norwegian Parliament, makes the decision. Here’s the process, according to the committee’s web site:
Nominators – including members of governments, university professors, past Nobel laureates and members of the International Court of Justice – must make their picks to the committee by Feb. 1. The committee usually receives between 150 and 200 nominations for the Peace Prize, but this year they received a record 205 nominations.
The committee then holds its first meeting,when members can add their own nominees to the list. They then narrow the list down to between five and 20 candidates.
Those candidates are then reviewed by the Nobel Institute’s director, research director and a team of advisers, usually university professors. Those advisers draw up reports on each candidate, a process that takes a few months, and present those reports to the committee.
And then the committee “embarks on a thorough-going discussion of the most likely candidates.” They sometimes request more information, especially when, like Obama, candidates are involved in current affairs. The committee usually makes its decision by mid-September, but has been known to take until the final meeting in early October.
The decisions are almost always unanimous. But when committee members can’t get a consensus, they use a simple majority vote to determine the winner.
So while Obama was indeed nominated less than two weeks after becoming President, the decision was made several months later. We won’t know who nominated him, however, unless that person (or people – thousands of nominators have been known to gather behind one candidate) comes forward. The committee keeps details of nominations secret for 50 years.[/quote]
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AS well, the standards for being a nominator are really low:
The right to submit proposals for the Nobel Peace Prize shall, by statute, be enjoyed by:
- Members of national assemblies and governments of states;
- Members of international courts;
- University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes;
- Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
- Board members of organizations who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
- Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; (proposals by members of the Committee to be submitted no later than at the first meeting of the Committee after February 1) and
- Former advisers appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
The Nobel Peace Prize may also be awarded to institutions and associations."
So basically any whack-job Representative /MP or cloud-cuckoo-land professor can nominate anyone.