I realize that there has been a lot said in the local blogosphere about Gabby Giffords vote for surrender. I agree it was shameful for a whole host of reasons. however, I think that people are being far too kind to Gabby in retrospect.
Not only did she roll over at the beck and call of the Democratic leadership, she was too ineffectual to at least demand some of the large amount of pork being passed around in the process. Do you think she maybe could have acted like a principled moderate, that she ran as, for a few hours or so, and gotten some type of border enforcement funds put in the bill in exchange for her vote to surrender? Maybe a drone or two, perhaps. If we are using the bill for shrimp research the drones at least make some amount of sense from a security standpoint.
I hope that there is enough room in Raul Grijalva's back pocket that Gabby can remain comfortable in there, because she sure doesn't seem to be emerging any time soon.
Seriously though, I believe that Gabby missed a large opportunity with this vote, by not getting some type of cover that even a token border provision could have provided. If you are going to vote for defeat AND pork, at least make sure some of the pork is yours. She will need to be smarter in the future, or she can grab a seat next to Dexy's Midnight Runners.