Would John Fetterman change out of his hoodie and into a suit if he ends up getting elected to the U.S. Senate?
Despite being a silver spoon-fed trust fund baby, the Democrats’ ace in the hole intentionally presents himself as a working-class hero. You never see Fetterman in a suit, let alone a decent shirt. An oversized, ill-fitting hoodie is the uniform of choice for the Democrats’ favorite stroke victim.
The questions about John Fetterman’s health have swirled since he suffered a stroke in May. Now, Fetterman is effectively admitting that he is not fit to be a senator.
Fetterman has ducked out on a debate with Republican opponent Mehmet Oz for the first week of September, accusing Oz of being too mean to him. Fetterman claims he needs to focus more on recovering from his stroke.
So fascinated that the campaign that paid Snooki to make fun of their opponents is really going with “we won’t debate because they’re mean to us” defense.
So much for the tough guy brand. https://t.co/wtY2nG71VO
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 31, 2022
Of course, Fetterman has had no problem trolling Oz during his campaign over social media, including mocking Oz for talking about the price increase Pennsylvanians are facing at the grocery store. But apparently, he can’t handle being treated in kind.
Fetterman certainly should be focusing on his recovery. Instead, he chose to chase political power by keeping up his Senate run after the stroke, first toppling Conor Lamb in the Democratic primary and then continuing to run against Oz without making any public appearances for three months. Now, he intends to avoid debating, and no debates are on the horizon.
Oz has committed to five debates. Fetterman has not signed on to any of them, including one that would take place in October. Debating Oz should be easy — he is not a particularly inspiring or even good candidate. But Fetterman isn’t up to it for the same reasons he isn’t up to being a senator.
Fetterman doesn’t want to debate because he doesn’t want to damage his polling lead, which has gradually dropped from 12 points when he made his first public appearance just over two weeks ago to 8 points now, according to FiveThirtyEight.
President Joe Biden showed his fellow Democrats that it is possible to hide from voters and still win elections, but for Fetterman, the basement strategy doesn’t seem to be working out.
Author: Nolan Sheridan