Are Republicans Giving Up In A Senate Race Where The Democrat Chased Down A Random Black Jogger With A Shotgun?
Because race is important to the left, I included it in the headline.
Admittedly, I haven’t paid much attention to the Pennslyvania Senate race because I didn’t know if Dr. Oz was an actual Republican or a mildly clever foil for any Republican challenge to professional man of leisure and somehow Lt. Governor of Pennslyvania, John Fetterman.
Then I saw this headline and wondered why the race wasn’t a reality show, in the vein of the “Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia:”
Some backstory: Fetterman wants Pennsylvania voters to very much know that he is an Everyman. If he could register the title as his own personal trademark, I’m sure he would do so, after he asked his parents for the money first.
Fetterman is the type of Everyman™ who apparently lives for free in a swanky industrial loft purchased by his sister. For a brief two years he held a job as a risk-management underwriter with Chubb, but beyond that has hasn’t held a job in the private sector — and hasn’t had to — a luxury not know to most everymen. The 53 year-old lived off his parents until he got a six-figure elected seat, as an Everyman™ is wont to do. He cleverly defends this by saying that living off his parents has enabled him to (in the voice of Bane) “help the people” which included a Levi’s ad buy that was widely criticized as exploitative of, not helpful to, Braddock.
Everyman™ Fetterman says stuff like this:
But, as a wealthy individual, he failed to pay his own “fair share.”
Then there was the time Fetterman, ever the tough Everyman™, once thought the sound of fireworks was that of an AR-15 and so he ran down a random black jogger with his shotgun and held the jogger at gunpoint and waited for police.
“It clearly sounded like ‘assault rifle’ fire,” said Everyman™ Fetterman in his most expert tone. “I believe I did the right thing but I may have broken the law …”
No merde, Sherlock.
Democrats have no problems with white politicians chasing down black joggers with shotguns so long as the politicians are Democrats.
Note that Fetterman called the man on whom he pulled the gun, Chris Miyares, a liar in the interview.
Fetterman works hard at maintaining the image of a Everyman™ that when Oz made a video explaining how much Democrat inflation has driven up the price of grocery items, Fetterman’s issue was the word “crudités.”
“It’S a VEGgiE tRAy,” he says without an ounce of irony while standing in his bougie-a** loft.
Democrats like Fetterman talk a good game about “income inequality” and discuss wealth in terms of something done to people rather than result of people’s own choices. Any suggestion of personal responsibility, by way of work or vote, is rebuked as “shaming.”
Democrats like Fetterman don’t benefit from offering solutions to people of lower incomes so said people can build their own wealth beyond mediocre government handouts (or exploitative jean commercials). Financial independence means freedom, which is why Democrats seek to control lower income people for votes with the promise of a better day that never comes. The people who break through this paradigm, the ones who build something out of nothing for themselves are both an example of success without government control and a threat to the continuation of that control.
It’s an abusive hurt-and-rescue scheme: Create the economic downturns, turn your societies into lawless hellscapes and pretend the other guy did it — but you have the “hope” for “change.”
It’s a scam.
And yet it’s leading in Pennslyvania’s polling. RCP’s average has Fetterman +8 and a Republican polling firm has even worse:
A friend at a Pennslyvania affiliate says it’s partly because Fetterman is spending four times as much on ads than Oz and because Oz is a weak campaigner and weak on messaging. To wit:
This is the stupidest ad I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot.
Did Oz or any of the people on his campaign somehow not see the aforeposted video wherein Fetterman bizarrely defends himself after literally running down a black jogger with a shotgun? That’s a free campaign ad and these blockheads didn’t do it. I’ve made a frillion ads from this video in my mind already.
Are Republicans giving up here?
Granted, Oz is a bad candidate and should never have been endorsed by anyone. However, this point the seats are a numbers game so it’s about controlling the chamber more than anything else. You play with the cards you’re dealt and work harder than ever for a better shuffle next time.