Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot through the head at point-blank range in January, but if you're just going by the headlines, it probably seems like she's bouncing back quickly. There have been a slew of stories about her unexpectedly fast recovery, and a lot of chatter about Giffords being a contender for John Kyl's Senate seat in 2012. Arizona Democrats seem ready to throw every available party resource at Giffords the moment she expresses an interest in that race, and The New York Times pointed out last month that the campaign spots essentially write themselves.
But an article in the latest issue of Newsweek by former New Yorker staff writer Peter Boyer suggests that Giffords's recovery hasn't progressed as far as the public may believe, and that the plans for Giffords to return to Congress are mostly dreams and wishes at this point. Here's some of what we learn from Boyer's piece:
Giffords "does not even know that she is considered a possible candidate" for Kyl's Senate seat. While most everyone agrees that Giffords is incredibly popular and could win any race she chose to enter, she doesn't realize her staff has Senatorial ambitions for her. "We haven't discussed any Senate race with her," said Giffords's husband, Mark Kelly. "And I have no plans to do that for some time. She's focused on her recovery."