Archive for October 30, 2022

By John Ruberry

The warning signs have been there for many weeks. Shortly before winning the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, John Fetterman had a stroke. How severe was the stroke? We don’t know, because Fetterman, who appears to be morbidly obese, hasn’t released his medical records. 

But he’s a solid leftist Democrat, and that’s all that his party leadership and the people working on his campaign need to know. But can Fetterman perform the job as senator?

His brief public appearances have been filled with gaffes and non-sensical statements, such as this one, made during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, in response to this question, “I just wanted to check in and see how you’re doing?” Fetterman’s response was, “I’m doing fantastic, it’s not about kicking balls in the authority or anything.” Earlier this month Fox News reported that since his stroke, Fetterman had participated just four interviews with a national media outlet-all with MSNBC. Possibly in reaction to that story, Fetterman reached out to NBC. Dasha Burns interviewed him–and the candidate was aided by a teleprompter. As part of her report, Burns said that Fetterman had issues engaging in “small talk” prior to their interview. There was no teleprompter until the cameras were switched on. 

The left-wing Twitter blue-check media army attacked Burns; Fetterman’s wife said that she should face “consequences” for doing her job, which in this case was providing information to Pennsylvania voters so they can make an intelligent choice on who to vote for in the Senate race.

Fetterman’s campaign says as a result of the candidate’s stroke–oh, once again, where are those medical records?–he suffers from auditory processing challenges. And if Fetterman doesn’t improve, how will he be able to understand what is going on in a Senate committee hearing?

Last week’s sole debate between Fetterman and his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, was a debacle for the Democrat. 

“If this had been a boxing match,” Laura Ingraham said of the debate on her Fox News show, “the referee would have called this in the first sixty seconds.” Fetterman’s opening remark was, “Hi, good night, everyone.” Like his other post-stroke campaign appearances, the debate with Oz was another gaffe-fest for the Democrat. Fetterman was particularly ghastly when trying to explain his position on fracking. His campaign blamed the closed captioning on the candidate’s teleprompter. The network that broadcast debate strongly dismissed that complaint.

But to leftists, none of this stuff matters. That’s because Fetterman is “right” on all of the issues, well, maybe not fracking anymore. Maybe. He’ll vote “correctly,” the leftists believe, presumably with the help of his teleprompter, on the Senate floor. After all, under the protection of pandemic restrictions–they were overblown in my opinion, but I want to stay on topic–a frail and obviously mentally feeble Joe Biden was able to win the presidency while hiding in the basement of his Delaware home. 

If the basement bunker tactic worked for Biden, leftists probably believe, it can work for Fetterman too. 

But we are in the middle of a disastrous presidency, which includes a humiliating military defeat, high inflation, and a likely recession.

Back to Pennsylvania and Fetterman: If it were Dr. Oz who had suffered a stroke, state party leaders, and possibly his campaign staff, would call for, perhaps quietly, Oz to step aside in time for a replacement candidate to appear on the general election ballot. While conservatives of course have core principles, our side consists of many more pragmatists. That’s how we roll. For instance, how many conservatives do you find in academia? Or in the arts? The Democrats are the party of noble intentions. The GOP is the party of good results.

And Dems continue to hammer away on unworkable and unpopular polices, such as attacking fossil fuels, confronting inflation with even more government spending, and conducting catch-and-release so-called prosecution of criminals. Philadelphia’s Larry Krasner is one of the worst proponents of such prosecutorial malpractice.

Which means the hardcore support by the left for John Fetterman makes sense. A twisted sense, that is.

When you vote in this year’s general election–vote for pragmatism. Vote Republican.

As for you Pennsylvania voters–you need to say “good night” to Fetterman.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

It’s been suggested by some rather smart people like Stephen Miller suggest they are trying to Sarah Palin this election over the Pelosi incident.

This might in fact be the case as the left doesn’t really have any better cards to play these days.

A second interesting thing has been the pushing of the official narrative of a MAGA attack over what is looking less and less like a break-in as actual reports come in.

What rather funny about that is the folks that are suggesting that any deviation from said initial narrative is an evil conspiracy theory are the same ones who were on Friday reporting on and decrying the horrible predicament of Elon Musk firing “Ligma and Johnson

But I think there is a much different dynamic at work that trumps all of these things.

Poll after poll shows a trend to the GOP, not only in Arizona, but in Nevada, Georgia, New York, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and even Rhode Island.

As this continues they become a self fulfilling prophecy demoralizing the left (and thus increasing the number of votes that need to be stolen and thus the risk of same) and the more that said story is reported on the greater the risk of demoralizing the base becomes.

The best solution to this problem is to change the topic, the Paul Pelosi story does this.

Every minute the MSM can focus on the Pelosi story is a minute not spent covering the crashing and burning of Fetterman. Every minute covering the Pelosi story is a minute not covering Kari Lake surging or Stacy Abrams failing. Every minute covering the Pelosi story is a minute not covering the disaster that is building in New York State.

In short every minute the MSM spends covering the Pelosi story is one that they can spend ignoring the coming big red wave.

Now this story is not without danger to the left. There are already signs that the facts will make this story rather damaging to the left and their narrative but it will take several days for said facts to come out and while the left doesn’t have the power to bury a story forever that they once did, they are certainly capable of stalling the release of inconvenient facts for a week or ten days till election day is done at which time the story can become “unnewsworthy” .

Until and unless that moment comes the left will do their best to make sure this story stays alive for as much of this week as possible to keep the story of the destruction of Democrat hopes of everlasting power away from your screens.