This New York Times story– about Democrats in Arizona wishing that Gabrielle Giffords can run for a Senate seat next year, really rubbed me the wrong way:
Representative Gabrielle Giffords is still in the hospital, but some of her most ardent backers are so enamored of the idea of her running for the Senate that they describe the inevitable campaign commercials: the deep-voiced narrator recounting what happened to her, the images of her wounded, then recovering and speaking into the camera alongside her astronaut husband to call on Arizonans to unite.
This is just an icky story on many fronts- how about we let her recover first? Maybe, learn how to master all basic brain functions, before we start speculating about her political future?
Sure, I’d love to see Rep. Giffords return to Congress and possibly even run for higher office someday. But next year? When we really don’t know how she’s doing? Come on now.
Then again, of all the vile political stories to come out of Arizona in the last year, this probably doesn’t crack the top ten.