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October 26, 2022

Now, let’s get into last night’s debates, because there were several that made news, even if only one was the political equivalent of the Hindenburg disaster. That was the Pennsylvania Senate debate between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Right off the bat, let me state something that’s getting buried: Dr. Oz did very well. He came across as serious, well-prepared, articulate and sincere in both his conservative principles and his desire to serve the voters and help get America back on the right course. And he kept his cool and his patience when dealing with a very trying opponent, which is a key aspect of the job. He should make a fine Senator for Pennsylvania. And judging from the huge post-debate surge in his direction on the electoral betting markets, that just became the most likely outcome.  

As for Fetterman, where to start? His campaign tried desperately to lower expectations before the debate, but the universal consensus is that they didn’t lower them nearly enough. His very first words to the audience were, “Hi. Good night, everybody.” And unlike Groucho Marx singing, “Hello, I must be going,” it wasn’t a joke. In fact, it was all downhill from there.

His answers were so incoherent that after the moderator asked why Fetterman hadn’t released his medical records, his follow-up question was to simply repeat the original question, in hopes that a second stab at it might actually produce an answer.  

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Twice during the debate, Fetterman burst out with interruptions of Oz, including shouting, “You want to cut Social Security!” during Oz’s closing statement, a major breach of debate rules. This implies that he’s not only suffering cognitive and communications problems, but also a lack of self-control.

I’m not even going to try typing out all the baffling word salad answers (the ZeroHedge blog compiled a lot of clips in the link above), but suffice to say that Fetterman doesn’t merely have a minor auditory problem. He cannot communicate coherently, and apparently isn’t even aware that what he’s saying is gibberish.

I’m not criticizing him for that. The man had a stroke and is obviously not well. I sincerely pray for him to make a full recovery, but it’s obvious now that he’s far from that point. He should be concentrating on recuperation and therapy. The people around him should be making that a priority instead of pressing him into a stressful political campaign for a demanding job like United States Senator that he’s clearly not capable of handling.

Even many liberal commentators had to admit they were shocked by how badly Fetterman did, calling it sad, painful and embarrassing to watch, and saying that people who criticized NBC reporter Dasha Burns for mentioning his problems during their interview owe her an apology.

Despite that televised disaster, Fetterman’s supporters are trying desperately to spin it as a win. His campaign claims he did “remarkably well,” better than he did during the primary, and they’re “thrilled” with his performance (bear in mind, these people have had a LOT of experience lying in recent months.) Some are accusing those who expressed shock at his condition of being “ableist,” since calling someone an “-ist” of some sort is their go-to response when they’ve got nothing else.

For the record: it’s not “ableist” to reject someone for a job who is obviously unable to do that job. It would be ableist to deny someone a desk job because he’s in a wheelchair. It would be insane to hire that person as an NFL running back.   

Fetterman tried to blame his poor performance on the giant monitor showing him the questions, claiming it had typos, errors and glitches. But the questions weren't the problem; it was his answers that were full of typos, errors and glitches. Besides, the moderator rejected that claim, saying that the monitors (which were installed to help Fetterman) performed as planned, and that Fetterman was given two chances to rehearse with them, but took only one.

In the end, no amount of spinning, denials or appeals for sympathy can overcome the now glaringly obvious fact that Fetterman cannot serve in the US Senate. And shame on the people who are pressuring and exploiting him and trying to bamboozle Pennsylvania voters just because they’re so hungry for power.


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  • Patty Sherwood

    10/27/2022 07:54 AM

    "And shame on the people who are pressuring and exploiting him and trying to bamboozle Pennsylvania voters just because they’re so hungry for power." Is this not the exact same thing that they are doing with President Biden? I live in Pennsylvania and will be voting in person November 8th...

  • Kathleen Duke

    10/26/2022 10:27 PM

    I live in Montgomery County, a Philadelphia suburb. Last night, I tried for no less than an hour to find Philly tv station covering the debate. I thought surely one of the local stations would be airing. Surprisingly, there was nothing. I finally was able to see it on my phone by WPHL 17 live stream. And now I know why it was literally "blacked out" in Philly, who supports Fetterman. They obviously were hiding the debate from the Philadelphia voters. I was saddened to see the extent of Fetterman's medical condition, but at the same time, I know he will most definitely win the entire Philadelphia area in November, and that saddens me even more. Keeping our midterms in prayer

  • Pat Willems

    10/26/2022 09:08 PM

    Two things I just can't get past about Dr. Oz; he is a Muslim, and we know what those of that persuasion are doing in the House. The second thing is his past (and I assume present) support of "transitioning" children. I saw a clip of him welcoming a child and the mother on his show, and he was very affirming of what I perceived to be the mother's decision of her child's "transition". Has anyone who has interviewed him brought up those two things? I don't watch TV, but in reading all the conservative sites that I do, I've never seen that.

  • Nancy olson

    10/26/2022 08:49 PM

    I feel sad for Fetterman and wish him a full recovery. But he’s not there yet and I mostly blame his wife for letting him think that he is. Now I worry that he’ll get pity votes which is not the way this should go.

  • Linda E Brubaker

    10/26/2022 06:41 PM

    As I watched the Fetterman/Oz Debate, I could not help but feel sorry for the man and thought he most likely bolted out the the studio afterwards. To me it is abusive of his wife and staff to let him continue on this path. He would be much better off taking time to fully recover and run in the future (I still wouldn’t vote for him, but that is besides the point). It is obvious that he still needs time to recover. Thank you, Gov. Huckabee, for your newsletters and daily Bible verse.
    Your fan,

  • Linda Orf Strebbing

    10/26/2022 05:38 PM

    I appreciate your commentary on the Fetterman Oz debate. I have those exact sentiments about Joe Biden and stand firm that Dr Jill should be charged with elder abuse as she too knowingly allowed her husband to be pushed into a run for president when she must have full well known he was and is not capable of being the leader of the free world.
    I hope that when the GOP wins the house and senate that they immediately use amendment 25 and spare him the humility of being impeached as I do not believe he deserves that. His handlers are making all the decisions and pulling his strings. These unelected people that surround him should also be held accountable. This has been a disgrace to our heritage and founding.

  • Cindy Baker

    10/26/2022 04:48 PM

    Fetterman is being used the same as Biden. I find it awful that family, friends and politicians would put a person in these situations just to keep power. Shame on them!

  • Rhonda Fulghum

    10/26/2022 04:32 PM

    This is a totally sad situation. Fetterman's family should be ashamed of themselves for putting him on display like this. This is how I felt/feel about Joe Biden. His handlers and family are making a mockery of any sense of respect that he might have had. It has been washed down the drain and to what end. I doubt that he will be allowed or able to finish his term so what a terrible way to use someone for evil purposes. Even with dementia, Biden has enough ego to sink a ship, so he is completely unaware he is making a fool of himself. Just sad.

  • James Murphy

    10/26/2022 04:31 PM

    This is my opinion.

    There should be a statement at the top of every voting ballot saying,

    "Only vote for the candidates you are for."

    This would help eliminate anti-votes and would effect the popular
    vote for sure.

  • Danielle J Dersin

    10/26/2022 04:17 PM

    I firmly believe the Dems want Fetterman to win. After a year in office, Fetterman will resign his seat and (Dem) Governor Josh Shapiro will appoint Fetterman's wife to the seat. She will join the squad to push for an even more progressive agenda.