My mom, sister, and I watched the debate between John Fetterman and Dr. Oz last night, mostly in disbelief. Can a candidate be in the condition Fetterman is in and still win an election? We live about 6 states away so a lot of what they talked about didn’t really apply to us except for federal topics like abortion, infrastructure, immigration, and inflation. As unbiasedly as I can say this, it was heartbreaking to watch. Fetterman had a stroke a few months ago and clearly hasn’t recovered. That’s not really up for debate, as his many blunders, gaffes, and setbacks have been recorded and kept at the forefront of the discussion.
In the hour-long debate Fetterman had a few coherent answers but for the most part we had a hard time following his train of thought. My mom and I exchanged confused glances more times that I can count and I guess when Fetterman’s very first few words are “Hi, good night, everybody!” you might think the night’s not going to go so well for him. Dr. Oz was much more clear in his answers, was able to thoughtfully connected ideas, and he communicated effectively. Maybe you don’t agree with his stance on things, that’s a different story, but he came out looking much better than Fetterman.
If Fetterman wins, it’s 100% Democrats voting for a Democrat. As one person said on Twitter, they’d vote for a potato before voting for Oz. That isn’t exactly a shining endorsement of Fetterman, right? If voters simply vote for their party without thinking critically about the actual candidate, where is our country headed?
Any Democrat who watched that debate cannot, with a clear conscience, vote for Fetterman. His health is not good and after the debate all I could feel is compassion for him and worry for the people of Pennsylvania if they can’t think objectively. Fetterman won’t drop out, it’s probably too late for that, but I’m guessing a lot of PA Democrats will just be a no-show at the voting booth. They would rather not vote than elect Fetterman or Dr. Oz.
It should be an interesting two weeks between now and November 8th, when all the votes will be counted nationwide. Republicans are predicting a red wave, Democrats a blue one. It sounds like one is right and the other is desperate, but I guess we’ll see!
-Out of the Wilderness