What is really wrong with Fetterman (Woo, how much time do you have?)
Democrat Lt. Governor John Fetterman is running against Dr. Mehmet Oz for the Pennsylvania Senate seat being given up by Republican Patrick Toomey.
On the eve of the primary, Fetterman had a stroke. He won the primary from his hospital room but spent weeks away from the campaign trail to recover – at least somewhat.
Before getting into the Fetterman case, I should mention that I have had some experience with a stroke. I had one a couple of years ago – a mild one. I have a numbness that runs from the left side of my face, down through the shoulder to the left hand. But … It has zero impact on my mobility, strength, skin sensitivity, and intellectual functions. Just a slight feeling of numbness.
Fetterman is said to have had a mild stroke, too. I guess the difference is how one defines “mild.” Fetterman had a prolonged stay in the hospital. I was discharged the next morning. Fetterman had a weeks-long home recovery. I was back to writing – and tennis, bowling, and jumping out of airplanes – immediately. Fetterman had prolonged therapy – which is reported to be ongoing. I needed none.
There are two types of strokes – those caused by a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to a portion of the brain and those caused by ruptures in which blood flows into the brain. I had the former, which is the less dangerous.
We do not know what Fetterman suffered or the impact on his physical or mental abilities because the details have not been reported to the public.
We have heard that he has “communication” issues. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article under the headline, “John Fetterman has lingering speech issues after his stroke. What’s the impact on his Senate run?” While Fetterman is officially back on the campaign trail, his public appearances are few and far between. He walks with a limp that seems to have been a result of the stroke – and has some speech issues.
The stroke may also have affected Fetterman’s ability to process verbal language. His team has requested that debate questions be displayed on a character generator as well as spoken. He has also backed off on his challenge to a large number of debates – possibly agreeing to one near election day, when more than half of Pennsylvania voters will have already cast early ballots.
I think it is safe to say that Fetterman is more seriously impaired that he is revealing to the public. Based on what little we do know, his debility will have some impact on his duties. It has already impacted on his ability to campaign. Whether it is sufficiently serious to impinge on his ability to give full service to the citizens of Pennsylvania is uncertain – at least from a public perspective. It is serious enough for voters to take a good hard look at the situation – learning whatever they can.
Of course, all this deals with his physical condition. What is REALLY wrong with Fetterman are his outrageously radical left-wing policies. But that will be for a future commentary.
So, there ‘tis.