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Why was Fetterman not pulled?

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In a previous post I looked at the disaster of a debate for the Democrat Senate Candidate for Pennsylvania, John Fetterman, whose cognitive problems from a stroke were finally made obvious.

How did it come to this? Fetterman had the stroke a week before the Democrat Primary vote and it’s been obvious that he’s not been the same since. In former days a candidate with these problems would have been told by the upper echelons of the Democrat Party that he needed to quit, winner or not. But the smoke-filled rooms of yore have been steadily replaced by the will of the Party voter since the upsets of 1968 – although Bernie Sanders would strongly disagree after his treatment in the 2016 and 2020 primaries. Jeff Goldstein had an even more cynical take:

Revealing though that is [from The Hill’s “Rising” co-anchor Briahna Joy Gray], given that most commentators would be reluctant to so candidly say the quiet part out loud — in this case, that clear and recognizable brain damage doesn’t disqualify one from the US Senate, because even a monkey can be trained to pull the proper partisan lever

John Fetterman – and Lump

However I think there are two equally powerful reasons why he has not been pulled by the DSCC.

First, the Democrats had already got away with running a brain-dead candidate (though not quite as bad) in 2020, with Joe Biden being hidden in the basement for his entire campaign (the Chinese Lung Rot pandemic was literally a once-in-a-century excuse) They must have thought they could do it again, and of course with Pennsylvania Democrats having turned election day into election season, there will have been thousands of votes cast by people who have no idea he’s this far gone (which is, of course, the point of both early voting and late debates).

But the second reason I think is more important, in that you can only pull off the first one if the MSM, especially the National MSM based in Washington D.C. gives you air cover by either not investigating such things or even outright helping the Democrats cover up bad things about their candidate. They did that for Biden. They do it for almost all Democrat candidates. As National Review (not my most fave magazine nowadays) put it:

Allow me to offer a controversial theory: A lot of Democratic Party candidates and strategists have bad judgment because they’ve grown used to a usually friendly media bailing them out of the consequences of their bad decisions. In light of last night, the decision-making of Fetterman and his campaign seems absurd — as MBD aptly summarized, “John Fetterman should not have been on a debate stage tonight. He should be at home, recovering from his stroke.”

A campaign does not attempt to fool people into believing that a severe-stroke victim is fine unless it’s convinced that the overwhelming majority of media in the state will be its ally and abandon their traditional role as watchdogs. The people around Fetterman are off their rockers, stupid, or both.

They tried to scare off the Republicans from touching the obvious subject, The Reputations Ruined by the Pennsylvania Senate Debate:

Even GOP Senatorial nominee Mehmet Oz “has decided to go there,” wrote Politico in an effort to suggest the issue is beyond the pale. The implication was clear: To press too hard for details about the candidate’s health concerns only served the GOP’s interests. So those questions went unanswered.

Perhaps the worst example of how far they were willing to go was when they piled on to one of their own, NBC News reporter Dasha Burns for daring to suggest that Fetterman had difficulty with questions and struggled to understand small talk in her recent interview of him:

The Associated Press, no less, published a report on the extent to which her “comment about Fetterman draws criticism,” a reportorial endeavor that consisted almost exclusively of curating mean tweets. “This is just nonsense,” podcaster and reporter Kara Swisher said of her colleague’s observation. “Maybe this reporter is just bad at small talk.” Fetterman’s “comprehension is not at all impaired,” insisted Rebecca Traister (New York magazine),

They all now look like useful idiots — and there’s no defense for this level of partisan spin. The man can barely function, and everyone with eyes can see it.

I guess the MSM is blind then because some of them actually continued to pull this gaslighting bullshit after that debate.

To be fair a handful of MSM reporters did allow that it had been “painful to watch”, but even those were spin efforts about guts, courage and “ableism”. But as journalist Selena Zeto points out, all this just made the crash even worse, for both the candidate and the MSM:

Many of those watching had no idea how bad Fetterman’s health was, causing disbelief that no one had reported this sooner. And many were angry that Democrats and reporters knew all about it and said nothing.

With the inevitable result.

And not just from an online poll about the debate itself but standard polls:

The InsiderAdvantage poll now has Oz up by three points over Fetterman, 47.5 percent to 44.8 percent, with 3.6 percent undecided; 65.9 percent of independents preferred Oz to 22.5 percent for Fetterman. So, it looks like Oz is sewing up the independent/undecided votes, and it’s likely many in that undecided category will break toward Oz. It’s also probably higher than that, given that polls tend to underestimate Republicans and oversample Democrats.

It likely has not fully factored in all the debate reaction yet, although they did have a question about it. This poll was taken on October 26

I don’t think even the Democrat machine in Phillie can beat that. And of course it all raises this point.


Written by Tom Hunter

October 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm

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  1. The answer to your question is simple – the leaders of Western “democracies™” hold their voters in contempt.


    October 29, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    • And in answer to your question here’s our very own PDM on Karl du Fresne’s blog with the following comment in a post about Luxon on Morning Report:

      I emailed Luxon (in reply to a circular National Party email I received under his name) telling him exactly what you have said in this post. No reply received – not even an acknowledgement saying it had been received – bloody hell even Andrew Little can manage that.

      Reminds me of this Wayne Mapp response a couple of months ago on my post about Finlayson, I guess this will be my single issue in 2023

      Anyway, you don’t vote National (at least not recently) and given your overall views it is best you don’t.

      You’re not our kind, dear! Or in other words, civility bullshit

      Tom Hunter

      October 29, 2022 at 3:39 pm

      • Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny.


        And it is quite clear where we are in the cycle

        Again I point you to VVP’s Valdai speech, this time in a translated transcript form and suggest to you that this was in fact a seminal speech for our time, given not by a political hack but a real Statesman at the top of his game and invite you to study and critique it

        I promise you this is far morer historically important and significant than the Pennsylvania Senate race which is only a marker as to how Democracy is failing in the USA as it is in New Zealand


        October 29, 2022 at 4:11 pm

      • Tom …. when I worked in the Beehive many moons ago my Minister would receive close to 200 letters a day on all manner of things. The tone of some letters meant they went straight into file 13. I would imagine that with the advent of e-mail you could multiply that number by a factor of 10. For the leader of a Party the factor increases. Unless you have something original or useful to say then your communication won’t see the light of day.

        The Veteran

        October 30, 2022 at 2:57 pm

  2. it’s not about Fetterman. He doesn’t make the decisions. It’s all about his wife.
    She is the true decision maker in this story.


    October 29, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    • I would say that’s partly true, she’s doing a Jill Biden. Hell, Biden himself said that she would be welcomed into the Senate, which was a brainfart in two different possible ways.

      Either the Democrats have plans to pull Fetterman if he wins and substitute his wife, which can be done alone by the State’s Governor, who will likely be a Democrat. Biden has heard these plans and his brain mis-fired in public and revealed the plans.

      Or it’s just his brain mis-firing as it usually does, not knowing who the hell he’s talking about or to.

      Either way, I think there are other, more powerful factors at work in keeping Fetterman on the campaign than his wife, which is why I didn’t mention her in the post. I see she’s now using the “ableism” argument in public in defense of her brain-damaged husband’s candidacy , because racism or any of the other “isms” don’t work here.

      Tom Hunter

      October 29, 2022 at 2:52 pm

      • Tom, if Fetterman wins Pennsylvania the Dems have his vote.

        That is all they want.

        His ability to serve (or his spouse’s ability) is of no import.


        October 29, 2022 at 6:15 pm

      • What Mrs Fetterman is doing is abuse.


        October 29, 2022 at 8:37 pm

  3. Reblogged this on Utopia, you are standing in it!.

    Jim Rose

    October 29, 2022 at 6:33 pm

  4. Thank you for the link to Putin’s speech, Andrei, it is well worth reading. Some regular commenters here should read it but probably won’t.


    October 30, 2022 at 9:45 am

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