It’s been less than three months since the horrific shooting of Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords and it’s clear her recovery will take some time. Yet before there is any indication Giffords will fully recover and be able to resume her congressional duties, some Democrats are already looking ahead to pushing her to run for the Senate next year in the race for the retiring John Kyl’s seat.
While Democrats are understandably antsy about losing the Senate in 2012 due to the abysmal leadership of Harry Reid and extremist Chuckie Schumer, is this cheap exploitation of Giffords really an appropriate way to go about picking up a seat? Some Democrats apparently don’t care how unseemly this looks. It’s all about getting the sympaty vote. “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.”
If they wanted Arizonans to unite in the aftermath of the January 8 shooting by madman Jared Lee Loughner, why did the left immediately rush to blame Sarah Palin, talk radio and supposed “incendiary rhetoric” (read: opinions they don’t share) from conservatives? Is blaming innocent people for the acts of a lunatic intended to unite people?
Despite her slow recovery, all these ghouls can think of is getting out the sympathy vote. “Ms. Giffords would be the instant front-runner should she fully recover, say political consultants from both parties, who admit they are at a loss as to whether the positive but vague progress reports offered by doctors mean she will ever be her old self.”
Maybe they should consult her husband. Or better yet, wait until she can properly comprehend what happened to her and leave the decision up to her. She’s a young woman with hopefully a long life ahead of her. Showing some compassion and forgetting about politics would seem to to proper way to approach things. After all, Senator John McCain may opt for retirement and Giffords, assuming she’s fully recovered, could run in 2016. “We could do no better for a candidate,” said Terry Goddard, a Democrat who lost a bid for governor last year. “She’s beyond partisanship.”
Sadly, these people are not beyond partisanship. If they were they’d never has sunk so low in the aftermath of the shooting or be eagerly looking to capitalize on her misfortune as they selfishly look out for party first, her health second. It speaks volumes that the overwhleming majority of commenters at the New York Times think this is inappropriate. Those pushing this idea need to step back and let Giffords and her husband make this decision in due time. Her health is far more important than keeping the Senate in the hands of Democrats.