Thanks to the miracle of (pre-ObamaCare) medicine, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords finally returned home yesterday, after months of surgeries and therapies to help her recover from a deranged assassin's bullet. Meanwhile, it seems as if the Democratic party's concern for her health is less about her future and more about theirs:
Let's get an update on Gabrielle via MSNBC:
Her chief of staff told the Arizona Republic last week that Giffords can speak, but struggles to express complex thoughts and sentences.
"Her words are back more and more now, but she's still using facial expressions as a way to express. Pointing. Gesturing," Pia Carusone told the newspaper.
"Add it all together, and she's able to express the basics of what she wants or needs," Carusone said. "But when it comes to a bigger and more complex thought that requires words, that's where she's had the trouble."
No wonder the Democratic party is so confused right now about her unwillingness to commit to campaigning for the open Arizona Senate seat in 2012. What differentiates her from any other Democrat currently on the stump, including Barack Obama?
OK, so before you tell me what a horrible thing that was to say, and that I will have a special table reserved in hell for me, let's get something straight. It is not poor Gabrielle I am railing against, it's her party and their incredible selfishness (not to mention their complete inability to offer a logical, well thought-out position on just about any issue of national concern).
And so her party frets:
Giffords would be the unquestionable favorite to represent the Democrats if she were able to run. As she undergoes therapy to recover from the January shooting, an alternative candidate has yet to emerge - in part, because of the uncertainty surrounding her political future. "All of our hopes and faith were geared towards her," said Andrei Cherny, chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party.
Oh, Gabrielle! How dare you let Andrei down, what with your slow recovery from a gunshot wound to the freaking brain?
"We're stumbling around with names nobody knows," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. "We're left with second tiers...Grijalva said he believes that time is drawing near for the Giffords camp to say whether she will run for the Senate.
That's right, Grijalva. Put pressure on a women who just finished a five-month hospital stay to make huge career choices when she's still struggling to speak. Your a real decent human being, pal.
But there are still those who hope:
Jim Pederson, the former chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, said Giffords has plenty of time to decide and could win the Senate race even if she waited until 2012 before entering.
"It can certainly wait until next year. If she were perceived in terms of her recovery to be a viable candidate, I think she could raise significant money overnight. She could conceivably wait another nine or 10 months, I think," Pederson said.
If the Democratic party had any soul whatsoever, they would be encouraging Gabrielle to give up her congressional seat in 2012, put her political career on hold,and focus her limited energy on returning to full health.
But since the first bullet entered Gabrielle Giffords' skull, she became less of a human being to the Democratic party and more of a political football. First, she was used as an unwilling accomplice to the ongoing rape of Sarah Palin, and now, as she struggles to recover, her party plots to use her as a figurehead to maintain what minimal power they have, and count on people to vote for her out of sympathy, despite the fact she is unlikely to be able to adequately represent either her district, let alone the entire state, in 2012.
They're a party of barbarians, and they should be ashamed of themselves. But alas, one must first have a heart, and a soul, to even feel that emotion in the first place...