You might have picked up on one of the rants coming from wingers today: that the deadline for nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize was February 1, so therefore Obama won on the basis of his campaign for President and a whopping 12 days as President.
On its face that seems like a silly argument, since presumably the winner is selected from the pool of nominees closer in time to today's announcement than to the nominations deadline. (There's also an absurdist quality to it since the difference between February and October isn't likely to satisfy anyone who considers the prize premature.) But we checked it out to make sure. Rachel Slajda reports on how the selection process actually works