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July 27, 2010

A DEEP, MISGUIDED SENSE OF VICTIMHOOD.... Last week, Rep. Jan Schakowksy (D-Ill.) made a reasonable suggestion: now would be a good time for her opponent, Joel Pollak (R), to stop writing for Andrew Breitbart's Big Government website. As Schakowksy sees it, congressional candidates shouldn't be associated with a partisan news outlet known for publishing misleading propaganda.

Pollak was not only offended by the suggestion, he thought it appropriate to compare himself to a celebrated South African freedom-fighter killed by an apartheid government. Pollak's headline read, "Like Steve Biko, I Write What I Like."

My family immigrated to America in the same year that South African police murdered Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko. The racist regime that destroyed him viewed him as a threat because of his simple credo: "I write what I like." Biko understood that freedom of thought and expression were the greatest weapons against tyranny.

Last week, my opponent, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), called on me to denounce Andrew Breitbart and to end any further association with his website, BigGovernment.com.

Her attack was typical of a corrupt Washington elite that believes it is entitled to tell people what to say and where to say it.... The First Amendment is not a perk for members of Congress and their spouses.

As far as I can tell, Pollak wasn't kidding. He really is feeling so sorry for himself that he's lost all sense of reason.

Schakowksy suggested he shouldn't write for a website that misleads its readers. In response, Pollak not only suggested his free speech rights are under assault, he compared himself to a heroic activist who was killed by racist regime.

I really have to wonder -- where does the Republican Party find these guys? And what makes the GOP think they should be in Congress?

As Josh Marshall concluded, "It does get a little hard with these folks to pick apart the willful provocation from the simply pathological."

Steve Benen 8:00 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (26)

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Maybe if Peter Gabriel writes a song called "Pollok" about him, I might start to believe this guy.
Saying something remarkably stupid like this, murdering your own reputation, doesn't make you a victim, it makes you an asshole.
Biko? Really Dude, Biko?

Posted by: c u n d gulag on July 27, 2010 at 8:16 AM | PERMALINK

"It does get a little hard with these folks to pick apart the willful provocation from the simply pathological."

There's always just STUPID. That seems to do the trick for most of them.

Posted by: JCT on July 27, 2010 at 8:17 AM | PERMALINK

A deep misguided sense of victimhood is exactly what the Tea Party is all about.

Know who else cultivated a deep misguided sense of victimhood? The NAZIs in the 1920s and 1930s. We all know how that turned out. Millions of Jews murdered, tens of millions all across the world dead. All because Hitler figured out how to exploit the fears of the German people during the economically troubled years following the first world war.

The villians have changed but the techniques are the same.

Posted by: Ron Byers on July 27, 2010 at 8:17 AM | PERMALINK

Damn, gulag beat me to the punchline.

Posted by: NTodd on July 27, 2010 at 8:20 AM | PERMALINK

Is there a good reason why, when I log on to this website I get an anti Obama ad?

Posted by: jJS on July 27, 2010 at 8:20 AM | PERMALINK

It would be helpful if all these True Patriots on the right would emulate Nathan Hale, and say, "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country." And then give it.

Posted by: DAY on July 27, 2010 at 8:22 AM | PERMALINK

Booman Tribune this am has a good piece on progressives and what will happen if they get too sorry for themselves that the agenda they hoped for has not all been enacted.

Posted by: Joan on July 27, 2010 at 8:25 AM | PERMALINK

Is there a good reason why, when I log on to this website I get an anti Obama ad?

Posted by: jJS on July 27, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Yep, Washington Monthly is a business. It sells advertizing space to people willing to pay money. Republican advertizers are blisteringly stupid. They buy spots on all political sites regardless of political orientation.

I say if the brain dead billionares backing the tea party movement want to help pay Benen's salary, let them.

Posted by: Ron Byers on July 27, 2010 at 8:25 AM | PERMALINK

DAY, the modern GOP, esp. the TeaBaggers, use an updated version of the old Nathan Hale statement.

They regret that they have but one sanity to give for their country, but AAAGH! 9/11! Birth certificate! Black people are the real racists! Liberals are Nazis! 9/11! Islamofascists under the bed! Death panels! Black helicopters! FEMA re-education camps! Commies! AAAGH!

And yes, they've already given the full measure of their sanity, such as it was.

Posted by: Snarki, child of Loki on July 27, 2010 at 8:29 AM | PERMALINK

Is there a good reason why, when I log on to this website I get an anti Obama ad?

What Ron said.

Plus, if you want to institute a little bit of cosmic justice, you'd click through the ad each time you see it. That way, the anti-Obama advertiser will be contributing to the maintenance of this site.

Posted by: a different phil on July 27, 2010 at 8:51 AM | PERMALINK

The more false to fact an assertion is, the more likely it is to be reported by the media. If I was paranoid, I'd think the Repubs have some guys locked in a room with pot and beer and a web connection,

Every so often they get an email with an order for another attack on Dems.

So the guys turn off the porn and quickly invent something then go back to the jerking.

And that is how Republicans get their propaganda.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on July 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM | PERMALINK

I went to the biggov site, and the Biko comparison was bad enough, but the comments were really a trip.. I mean The Crazy was in full effect talking about THEM being oppressed by the liberal media/thought police, the "politically correct" movement is destroying the country, and how the Faux News personalities are "speaking truth to power"...

I'd like to know how the weather is in their universe....

Black helicopters!! that's the best...

Posted by: r_m on July 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM | PERMALINK

I saw Joel Pollak smoking crack while having intimate relations with several different species of livestock. In between puffs, he told me "See what I'm doing to this goat? That's what I plan to do to the voters of Illinois if they're stupid enough to vote for me!" Then he pooped on a baby bird.

I write what I like.

Posted by: David Bailey on July 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM | PERMALINK

I get the feeling that had Mr. Pollak been in South Africa, he would not have been on the side of the ANC.

Posted by: zappawannabe on July 27, 2010 at 9:54 AM | PERMALINK

Standard stuff. When Elizabeth Edwards asked Anne Coulter on "Hairball" to stop making personal attacks in her columsn, Coulter flipped out. "You want me to stop writing columns, you want me to stop writing books!" was Coulter's spittle-flecked response.

Coulter can't imaging writing anything without personal attacks like this Pollak character can't imagine writing for any other outlet. To ask them to change their ways is to rob them of their rights.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on July 27, 2010 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

Let's be clear here: Jan Schakowsky is sitting in one of the country's most deeply Democratic House seats (she is also my representative, and a damn fine one). There hasn't been a Republican in that seat since 1949. She has never won reelection with less than 70% of the vote.

There is literally no chance -- at all -- that Pollak can win against her. So whatever he writes, whatever he says, whatever he does? Pointless.

Posted by: Kenneth Cavness on July 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

Pollak is obtuse!

Is he awaiting his brutal beating for "writing what I like"? Or does he know we have a 1st Amendment that protects his inane utterances while insulting the very struggle he himself is against.

Speaking of insulting the struggle, Beck's 8/28/10 Lincoln Memorial gathering needs some push back! Beck is attempting to hijack our lesser brethrens' memories.

What kind of 'tea' have those 'patriots' been drinking anyway?

Pollak and Beck are modern day murderers of history! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on July 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK

kevo: our lesser brethrens

Who would these "lesser brethrens" be?

Posted by: cr on July 27, 2010 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Is there a good reason why, when I log on to this website I get an anti Obama ad?

What Ron said.

Plus, if you want to institute a little bit of cosmic justice, you'd click through the ad each time you see it. That way, the anti-Obama advertiser will be contributing to the maintenance of this site.


Is this true? Does the anti-Obama advertiser have to pay WaMo every time I click on his ad. If so, I'll gladly click on it several times a day.

Posted by: Winkandanod on July 27, 2010 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

See! See! I told you this would happen if we let immigrants into the country to take good whacko blog-posting jobs away from good Americans!!!

These darn white South Africans and their foreign symbols of oppression. What, Medgar Evers not good enough for you, Mr. Pollack?? You're in America now, speak American!

Posted by: biggerbox on July 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

Schakowsky has a challenger? Never even heard of him and I'm in that district.

Posted by: Julene on July 27, 2010 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

Thanks to Ron Byers & A different Phil, and ditto to Winkandanod.

Posted by: jJS on July 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

i can see why, in greater wingnuttia, "stop lying" = "stop talking."

ps:
paul simon recently did an interesting cover of "biko"

Posted by: dj spellchecka on July 27, 2010 at 11:58 AM | PERMALINK

"My family immigrated to America in the same year that South African police murdered Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko."

Somehow, I doubt the the first action was in any way a protest against the second.

Posted by: shortstop on July 27, 2010 at 12:00 PM | PERMALINK

My family immigrated to America in the same year that South African police murdered Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko. -- Pollak

Pollak seems to suggest more than a synchronicity; perhaps a cause and effect. My guess: Pollak's father was the chief of police?

Posted by: exlibra on July 27, 2010 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

These darn white South Africans and their foreign symbols of oppression. What, Medgar Evers not good enough for you, Mr. Pollack?? You're in America now, speak American!Download law and order

Posted by: southofnowhere on July 28, 2010 at 2:55 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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