During Tuesday evening's highly anticipated debate between Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman, the candidates for US Senate from Pennsylvania did not disappoint. Fetterman's campaign and Democrats have been trying to lower expectations about Fetterman's performance and begun the process of cleaning up before the debate had even begun in the first place.
His performance was terrible and far worse than expected. There was the time when Fetterman randomly yelled, “Doug Mastriano!,” numerous times he stared at a blank screen for five or six seconds thinking about the answer he planned to give, and he stumbled over his words with every one of his answers. Honest Democrats have acknowledged how disastrous Fetterman's performance was. However, others have already tried to cover it up by allegations of “ableism” or even likening Fetterman's performance with the one from Herschel Walker.
Olivia Nuzzi, Washington correspondent for New York magazine:
There is no amount of empathy for and understanding about Fetterman’s health and recovery that changes the fact that this is absolutely painful to watch.
Nuzzi is absolutely correct, but she is being criticised by progressives for not joining them in their delusions.
Joe Scarborough predicted that “many in the media” will not discuss Fetterman's condition:
John Fetterman’s ability to communicate is seriously impaired. Pennsylvania voters will be talking about this obvious fact even if many in the media will not.
Dem lawmaker Kraushaar tweeted this:
Reaction to #PASEN debate from Dem lawmaker and Fetterman backer:
“1) why the hell did Fetterman agree to this?
2) this will obviously raise more questions than answers about John's health
3) Oz is so smarmy and unlikeable”
Charlotte Alter, who'd performed the pre-debate cleanup mentioned earlier, declared that the outcome was much worse than she anticipated:
I spoke to Fetterman recently, and I expected him to be very bad tonight. But he was much much worse than I expected (and much worse than in our one-on-one conversation.)
However, MSNBC columnist Liz Plank accused Republicans of being forced to “rely on ableism to win.”
Senator. Bob Casey claimed Fetterman's “answers were very direct.”
Then Chris Cuomo blamed the performance on insufficient preparation:
“Voters, I think, saw things that will definitely change the state of this race.”
“Fetterman struggled … I don't think his preparation was great.”
A tweet from a Saturday Night Live writer said:
There's gonna be a lot of people criticizing John Fetterman tonight for occasional incoherence who also fully support Herschel Walker.
Fetterman's spokesperson assures that Gisele Fetterman's abuse of her spouse will not stop and maybe even get worse.
Fetterman spokesman: “John spoke better tonight than he did in the primary. I'm not sure if you were there. He gave a better performance tonight than he gave in the primary.”
However, according The Hill's reporter that covers the Senate, other Democrats could step in to help the senator. Al Weever tweeted, “Democrats are asking the same thing post-debate: Why did Fetterman's team allow him to take the stage tonight? No one I'm talking to on the left has a good thing to say about what just took place.”
This debate is the reason early voting shouldn't be allowed.