Skip to comments.Giffords is seen as shoo-in for Kylís seat
Posted on 02/11/2011 10:51:11 AM PST by speciallybland
Any discussion of whos likely to succeed outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona needs to factor in the following: If Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wants the seat, its hers.
The three-term Democratic congresswoman explored the idea of running for the Senate seat in the event of Mr. Kyls retirement before she was shot Jan. 8 at a constituent meet-and-greet in Tucson. Her rehabilitation from a gunshot wound to the head reportedly is proceeding faster than expected.
Mr. Kyl announced Thursday that he would not seek a fourth term in 2012. If Ms. Giffords decides shes game for a Senate run and if her health permits, she would be virtually impossible to defeat, said Bruce Merrill, Arizona State University professor emeritus and longtime pollster.
If one assumes shed be healthy enough to run, theres nobody who could beat her, said Mr. Merrill. Now shes got 100 percent name identification and 100 percent sympathy from the public. If she was well enough and she wanted the nomination, I dont think theres any question.
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Why would she have to run??? Just give it to her...(I shouldn’t give them any ideas).
Getting shot did wonders for JFK’s reputation.
Didn’t she vote in SUPPORT of Obamacare? I would think that any opponent could use that against her.
Of course. The sympathy vote will come out in droves.
Great. Then AZ will have two Dem senators.
The thinking may be that the sympathy for her would keep Republicans from criticizing her stands and votes on the issues.
The tragic story,and her expected recovery from the shooting, may just be enough to win her a statewide election.
I don’t want to be a kiljoy or come across as heartless. But how do we know she is still going to be able to serve in congress. she has a long ways to go. doesnt she ?
Will any consideration be given to whether or not she is still compos mentis, or being shot all that’s required?
If one assumes shed be healthy enough to run...
That’s a pretty large asumption. Let me also assume that taking a bullet to the brain will result in brain damage.
And on that alone.... she is eminently qualified.
Getting shot in the head is apparently a qualifier for elected office now...somehow.
I think she has a long road to recovery....notice there hasn’t been one picture of her miraculous recovery? Uttering the word “toast” hardly proves she’s talking as the msm presents it to us!
Yes her recovery has a long way to go. All of this assumes that she recovers and can serve in Congress again.
And if that happens, she’s the Dems. #1 candidate in Arizona for the Senate.
All those that believe in group grieving will most certainly be on board. Doesn’t make any difference their position on the issues. She/he is a victim so I must vote for them.
Yes, she does have a long ways to go. Thinking she will be ready to conduct an arduous Senate Campaign in 2012 is wishful thinking.
Based on sympathy, she may not have to conduct an arduous campaign. She might not be expected to travel around the state and do as many campaign appearances as other candidates. The MSM will give her favorable reporting. She has 100% name recognition and sympathy because of the shooting.
Nonsense. Here in Chicago the Dims (they didn’t get that name for nothin’) run people on life support and get them elected, no sweat. Shoot, even being dead is no disqualification if you are a DimDem.
12 hours after the shooting, she still had more brain function than most of those in the Democrat Caucus..
So yes. While they would have much preferred to have her coffin to stand on, they'll gladly fight over who gets to wheel her around and use her victimhood status for future votes and legislation.
Regardless of her physical or mental condition.
She will fit right in with the rest of the drain bamaged democRATS.
Yo MSM. James Brady could say “toast”. Idiots.
Though I truly hope that she has suffered no brain damage from the incident ... BUT if she has ... she would be more qualified to replace the other Arizona senator
The democrap party has proven that they can run a watermelon and the powers that be will insure it gets elected in some regions. I mean, Lautenberg is as near to a mindless automaton as one can get and still get them dressed for the day! I am not knocking Gifford’s recovery, in fact I pray she recovers completely. But her mental accuity has little to do with the globalist vermin getting her elected to do their bidding.
You have a good point. Senator Tim Johnson of S. Dakota has a sever stroke and was incapacitated when he ran for reelection in 2008 but the sympathy vote was there for him and the Republicans only put up token opposition.
Why is Kyle pulling out at such an important time?
If one assumes shed be healthy enough to run, theres nobody who could beat her,
I would not assume that. I have seen a lot of false optimism regarding brain injuries and strokes. Being able to say “toast” at breakfast does not prove a lot. Having said that, I wish her the best.
Giffords barely won her congressional seat. It took several recounts to get the win.
So far she has uttered a single word and now they are making her a senator.
My guess is that she still has the feeding tube, the breathing tube and the weakness on her right side is extensive.
The msm can create any scenario they wish, but eventually the truth will out.
Her husband stated.......gabbi would have wanted him to fly the shuttle. Those very words say it all. She would have it she could have spoken but for now she is able to make that statement.
Shouldn’t we make sure she is not drooling on herself first?
Doesn’t matter it’s Congress...
Oh really?! I am going to sue you so fast you won't know what hit you!
Give the poor woman a chance to recover and adapt to what is going to be a challenging now world for her and her family.
If she just drowns a lover in a river and apologizes for being a KKK leader she’d have a job for life.
The fact that she can't talk or walk or think or move should not be a detriment, apparently.
She’s got a shot.
The media hid FDR being a cripple they can easily hide her problems.
She’s a shoo-in only if voters suspend all logic by putting sympathy ahead of her qualifications.
But the seasoned citizens did send Juan McShame back to the Senate, didn’t they?
If one assumes shed be healthy enough to run, theres nobody who could beat her,”
Maybe with that logic I could put my cute little King Charles Caviler Spaniel up for office. People might have sympathy, but they will expect competency. She will need to speak and appear in public and if she stutters or walks with a spastic gait, people will have legitimate doubts over her ability to carry out her job duties. Let’s see how she does in a debate or in a Town Hall forum before we handicap her odds.
It’s amazing how much you can do with something like the shooting in “Tuscon” when it is properly exploited. I agree that she will be a “shoo-in”. Most of the people living in this country aren’t very bright and they have no clue as to the meaning of the phrase, “Elections have consequences”. Morons.
May she recover fully- and be soundly defeated.
Jan Brooks will be the replacement, not a brain damaged Democrat.
Sorry, could not resist.
You’re not being a killjoy-——the chances are high that she will never be the same again.
While she has had an amazing recovery (if the press reports can be believed) from a gun shot to the brain, any major brain trauma such as that leaves significant changes in one’s emotions and abilities.
The voters of Arizona should carefully learn what she is like post recovery before voting he into a 6 year term as a US Senator. Otherwise, they may vote in a figure head who is manipulated by staff, the Democrat caucus and her emotions.