January 22, 2012

Something Wonderful: Just when you've about given up on American politicians....

Wise, inspiring, and full of grace. Take a moment.

"Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together. I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week. I'm getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much."
Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 22, 2012 12:59 PM
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Thank you for your honorable service, Congresswoman Giffords.

May God speed your recovery.

Posted by: TmjUtah at January 22, 2012 1:19 PM

It was the best thing for her health, her family and her Congressional district. We must wish her all the best in her recovery.

I somehow knew this was going to be the end game. One doesn't survive something so traumatic to the brain and not have a life changed dramatically.

My mother-in-law worked for many years at one of the best rehabilitation centers in the world, located in CT. She had told us at one time that there was a lot of security and secrecy around a certain patient, someone who had experienced severe trauma and who spent years at the center. It was in 2003 or 2004 that she finally found out who that was: Trisha Meilli, otherwise known as the "Central Park Jogger" who was raped, her head bashed, and her eye lost, all on one April night in 1989.

To this day, just like Giffords, Meilli has no memory of her attack. And just like Giffords, her life was totally changed.

Posted by: newton at January 22, 2012 1:22 PM

Glad she did. The time she needs to heal needs to be free of outside stress. What the future holds, who knows. Godspeed and good fortune.

Posted by: Peccable at January 22, 2012 1:37 PM




Posted by: reliapundit at January 22, 2012 2:08 PM

There's two sides. Her husband is an ass. I've heard him speak and he's nasty.


I agree with Debbie. Why didn't she resign before?

Posted by: mare at January 22, 2012 3:22 PM

She just became eligible for a pension, after having served the minimum of five years in Congress. That is what she was waiting for. Probably good for her, because she will probably never be able to fully function again, which is a tragedy for any human being.
And who here remembers the Federal Judge who died that day, who has become a non-person and disappeared down the memory hole? What if it was he that Jared Loughner was gunning for that day and Congresswoman Giffords was just in the way?

What if the whole memetic newsline of that day was 180 degrees out of sync with reality?

Posted by: David at January 22, 2012 3:37 PM

Resign before? Who knows the secrets of the heart and the hopes of the soul before it becomes clear that you will never, ever, function anywhere near 100% again; that you need all the energy and focus you can muster just to get through the day?

Posted by: vanderleun at January 22, 2012 3:38 PM

So does Mr. Gabbie file for the special election?

She stayed to get the pension? Wow, now that couple gets not one but two tax fed pensions...sweeet!

Posted by: tired dog at January 22, 2012 5:07 PM

FYI, the pensions are taxable.

Posted by: Pappy at January 22, 2012 5:24 PM

Schlussel is an ass, too. For what it's worth.

Posted by: Jewel at January 22, 2012 5:44 PM

One of the reasons I like this site is the scope of your interests. You usually look at things many ways. Your post on snow day sledding was so charming I was hooked.

You are looking at this woman altruistically...fine. Her husband trashed Palin and it was undeserved. They wrote a book while receiving full salary and benefits, and retired when it was most financially beneficial.

I'm sorry that she won't be 100%. But none of us are. I just thought they were both looking at the financial aspect more than you're willing to admit. It wasn't perfectly "wonderful." But I honestly wish them the best.

And yes, Schlussel can be an ass. Agreed.

Posted by: mare at January 22, 2012 6:12 PM