November 5, 2022

Three presidents – one sitting and two former – descend on Pennsylvania today for a final-stretch election push that shows the stakes in one of the most closely watched Senate races. Via CNN:

For President Joe Biden, who will hold a rare joint appearance with former President Barack Obama in Philadelphia meant to boost the Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Pennsylvania will amount to a political stress test in his home state, where he’s traveled 20 times since taking office.

For former President Donald Trump, who rallies outside of Pittsburgh in the city of Latrobe, a win by his hand-selected candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz could prove his own enduring viability in a commonwealth he lost by a narrow margin in 2020.

The consequences extend well beyond next week’s election. As Trump prepares to announce a third presidential bid, potentially in the coming weeks, Biden’s aides are taking their own initial steps toward mounting a reelection campaign. For a several-hour stretch on Saturday afternoon, the dynamics of a potential 2020 rematch will be laid bare.

I'm feeling a lot more positive about this race than I did a few weeks ago. Fetterman's shaky debate performance had no impact on his polling numbers, and the barrage of inflammatory crime ads from Citizens for Sanity (Stephen Miller's group) have been answered very effectively by strongly positive ads about Fetterman -- and negative ads about Oz. Youth turnout is high and I'm beginning to suspect Fetterman is going to get more Republican votes than I hoped -- because so many people truly dislike Oz.

By the way, if you know anyone in PA who's actually thinking of voting for Oz, show him or her this eye-opening interview with Michael Moore.

Let's go, Dems!

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