The Fetterman debacle is an indictment of American policy


Let me say at the outset, Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman deserves very little blame for what happened last night on the debate stage with Republican candidate Mehmet Oz. Fetterman is clearly incapable and unable to make decisions. The blame for last night’s train wreck in Philadelphia rests entirely with his wife, Gisele Fetterman, and the cabal of Democratic consultants who have continued to push him forward as someone capable of serving as the US Senate. They exploited Fetterman for power.

For those of you who haven’t been following the race, National Review’s Jim Geraghty offers a Twitter feed with a helpful calendar. But here’s the gist: John Fetterman suffered a stroke on May 13, just days before the Democratic primaries began in Pennsylvania. Two days later, he publicly acknowledged the stroke, but said he was on the road to full recovery with no cognitive damage. Hours before the polls closed on primary day, Fetterman’s consultants released a statement revealing he was going to go under the knife for surgery. On election night, Gisele Fetterman said the ordeal was just a “little hiccup”.

After winning the primary election, Fetterman’s wife and her political consultants continued to obfuscate and hover around her state, cynically hoping to hide and wait for the election. Throughout the ordeal, his consultants published letters from doctors saying he was medically well, including a letter from a major campaign donor. When politically expedient, they called Fetterman’s condition “life threatening” and suggested that anyone criticizing him engaged in “ableist” attacks. The campaign also smeared all the journalists who interrogates Fetterman’s aptitude for the office.

Which brings us to the debate last night. Take a look at some of these clips and decide for yourself if Fetterman’s stroke in May was just a “little hiccup.” In a serious country, everyone involved in the decision to put it on stage last night would resign in disgrace and never work in politics again. Keep in mind that polls suggest the race will be very close, and thanks to Pennsylvania’s early voting laws, tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians may have voted before they get a chance to see the campaign lies. Fetterman exposed. What a sad and sorry indictment of American politics.


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