Not from from where I'm writing this in Glenview -- about 10-15 miles to the west, and a little south -- Former Republican Congressman and Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh used to represent the Illinois 8th congressional district. The other day, in yet another effort to suck in attention for himself (apparently in an effort to keep the Mean-spirited and Unhinged constituencies in his pocket, should he decide to run for governor, as he's hinted), Mr. Walsh sent out two "tweets" taking First Lady Michelle Obama to task for attending the funeral of 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton, who had performed in the parade at President Obama's second Second Inaugural.
"'Heartbroken' Michelle Obama attending funeral of Hadiya Pendleton. I guess the other 553 murder victims didn't break her heart."
My guess is that his guess would be wrong.
But not one to leave well-enough and sanity alone, he then followed with --
"Most of the 553 Chicago murder victims in 2012 & 2013 were young black males. Is she attending this funeral to make a political point"
Let's assume for the most that she is. It's a pretty good political point to make, wouldn't you think? Apparently, though, to Joe Walsh the deaths of so many black men is a political point Joe Walsh thinks isn't worth addressing.
Of course, the alternative is that as First Lady of the United States, Ms. Obama's attendance at a funeral that has garnered national attention and great sorrow is a healing comfort to Americans. Well, at least some Americans.
And once again, Joe Walsh keeps explaining in his own words why Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) defeated him in the November election. The next time he explains this further will likely be the next time he opens his mouth or types something.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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