Giffords' latest activities walk, talk, and smell like a shot at comeback to the big time. It appears that her emerging strategy is not to be nice. She seems to be trying out a whole new persona.
In Politico, Alex Isenstadt reports:
"[She] ... has unleashed some of the nasiest ads of the campaign season, going after GOP candidates in Arizona and New Hampshire with attacks even some left-leaning commentators say go too far."
Here is the Politico analysis, which is headlined, "Gabby Giffords gets mean." This is at a time when mothers are wondering if they want to rear their daughters as "nice" or "strong, with ability to push back." It's likely, as with many females, Giffords got it that she had plateaued with her signature All-American Girl identity. In short, she might have felt stuck.
The new one has certainly gotten her attention. In time she can tone it down. There's a book Giffords can write about females and comebacks in America. On "The Good Wife," Alicia Forrick went from sweet wife of politico to a force field who co-founds a law firm and might run for state attorney.