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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.
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.