Even as a sizable piece of her skull has yet to be reattached, "ardent backers" of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are already fantasizing about the ads they'll air if she runs for Senate next year and are laying the groundwork for such a campaign. But, obviously, nobody really knows whether Giffords's condition will allow her to run, or whether she will even want to run. This, according to the Times, has put the entire race on the Democratic side in limbo, since no Democrat wants to be the schmuck who tries and, inevitably, fails miserably to beat the hero congresswoman in a primary.
While it might be wishful thinking, Ms. Giffords’s noncampaign is already having a major effect on Arizona politics; other prospective Democratic candidates say they feel compelled not to jump in unless she bows out, allowing Republicans to get a head start organizing their campaigns.
Enough games, Gabby! Regain your speech skills already and tell us whether you're running!
Seriously though, the Democrats should be okay. Should Giffords eventually decide against a Senate campaign, they apparently have a self-funded backup candidate with high name recognition who can jump into the race at a moment's notice: Muammar Qaddafi, according to a since-deleted Daily Beast tweet.