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Joe Walsh Criticizes Michelle Obama For Attending Funeral

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    Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death blocks from her school and about a mile from the president and first lady's Chicago home. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Thursday, Feb 7, 2013)

    Former Rep. Joe Walsh, Tea Party-Ill., is going all Westboro Baptist Church today, protesting the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl who was shot to death on the South Side nine days after participating in President Obama's inaugural ceremonies as a King College Prep band majorette.

    Specifically, Walsh is protesting First Lady Michelle Obama's plan to attend the girl's funeral. Tweeted Walsh this morning on his new Twitter account, @WalshFreedom:
    "Heartbroken" Michelle Obama attending funeral of Hadiya Pendleton. I guess the other 553 murder victims didn't break her heart. Most of the 553 Chicago murder victims in 2012 & 2013 were young black males. Is she attending this funeral to make a political point? 
    There. Walsh managed to keep his name in the spotlight by making an outrageous, insensitive, racist, sexist comment about a teenage girl's murder. 

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    Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death blocks from her school and about a mile from the president and first lady's Chicago home. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Thursday, Feb 7, 2013)

    From now on, though, I plan to ignore the bitter outbursts of a politician rejected by his constituents after a single term in Congress. If Walsh runs for U.S. Senate or governor, then he'll deserve coverage. But right now, he's just a private citizen trying to shock his way back into the spotlight. If we all ignore Walsh, he'll soon be reduced to addressing a dozen senior citizens at a Grundy County Tea Party rally. And Illinois politics will be better for it. 

    One of the freedoms Walsh promotes is freedom of the press. And I plan to use that freedom to not write about Joe Walsh.