September 7, 2022

Pat Toomey appeared at a Dr. Oz press conference yesterday to demand Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman debate the TV doc, while questioning Fetterman’s ability to serve as a senator due to his health.

Yes, that Pat Toomey. The one who famously spent all his time in office avoiding speaking to his actual constituents. So much so that "Tuesdays with Toomey" were reduced to protesting outside his office every single week. Via the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Fetterman has said he has lingering communication issues stemming from a May 13 stroke that he said nearly killed him. He spent most of the summer recovering and returned to the campaign trail four weeks ago.

Toomey, the retiring Republican senator, said that, based on what he’s seen of Fetterman’s recent public appearances, the Democrat’s communication struggles mean he could not be an effective senator.

“As someone who served in the United States Senate for almost 12 years now, I have a really good understanding of how the place works,” Toomey said. “If John Fetterman were elected to the Senate, and he’s not able to communicate, if he’s not able to engage with the press, if he’s not able to engage with his colleagues, he would not be able to do the job. It’s just not possible.”

Communication? Hah. Honestly, I have no idea how Toomey got reelected. A Club For Growth mouthpiece, he wouldn't talk to constituents unless it was a carefully screened audience, and the former Wall St. banker pushed all kinds of extreme positions, like getting rid of Social Security. But he had an R after his name, and for many people, that was enough.

I'll give him credit for one thing only: He voted to impeach Donald Trump, which is probably why he's not running for reelection.

Fetterman, who occasionally misses words or uses the wrong words, says he has an auditory processing issue, which relates to how the brain processes words, not its cognitive abilities. He says he's in good physical and mental health.

In my opinion, John Fetterman on a ventilator would be a better representative for the people of Pennsylvania than Pat Toomey. But that's just me.

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