I think the most painful moments I've seen in court have been sitting in a courtroom waiting for a pro se defendant to finish. Usually, what should have been a 5 minute hearing drags on and on and on . . .
So, I understand this sentiment.
I do have to say that I have seen some pro se defendant's who do okay in court, but that's usually a sign that they have been there enough times to know criminal procedure. Although, that doesn't seem to help with the guys in prison. They get a field trip every time they come to court, so even the intelligent ones who know what they are doing file tons of non-pertinent motions (usually because they want to re-try the case that put them in prison).