There’s an old saying in politics. When you can’t change people’s minds, change the narrative. Sometimes, this works. The job of a political strategist is to figure out how to leverage a candidate’s strengths and force the rival candidate to work within their weaknesses. Over the last year, the Democrats destroyed the US economy with reckless COVID lockdowns and government spending. When the Left can’t defend their policies or the results, they demonize everything they disagree with as a “threat to democracy.”
As the economy teeters on recession and voters feel the pain of Democratic far-left policies, they can’t talk about the economy. So, why speak at all? That appears to be the calculation by two Democrats in Pennsylvania. US Senate candidate John Fetterman (D-PA) and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro (D-PA). Recently, the two Democratic candidates only agreed to one right before the election after untold numbers of people already voted by mail. These actions in and of themselves are an attempt to manipulate democracy.
Democrats Try to Hide From Republicans
Ahead of the early May primary elections, Fetterman endured a severe stroke. It left him unable to speak articulately, and some openly wondered if it would harm his ability to function as a senator if elected. Still, he pounded the television screens throughout the summer and began appearing on the campaign trail with supporters. When GOP Senate nominee Dr. Oz Mehmet challenged Fetterman to a debate, the Democrat ignored him. In recent weeks, Fetterman finally agreed to one just days before voters cast a ballot.
During the primary season, Shapiro used his own money to mail flyers to Republican households encouraging them to vote for State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-PA). The Democrat wanted to help him, believing he would be the easiest of the GOP candidates to defeat in November. Polls show a narrow race, and the politically savvy move could backfire on him. Still, during a time of accusing foreign powers of meddling in elections, it wasn’t a good look for Democrats to meddle in GOP primary campaigns.
Like Fetterman, Shapiro refused to answer calls for a debate from his GOP colleague. Mastriano requested an October 22 debate, again well after voters started mailing in ballots. The Democratic candidate called it an “unserious stunt.” Instead of heeding the call for voters to hear and see the two men challenge each other and defend their policies, Shapiro attacked Mastriano as “extreme.”
“Extreme” is nothing more than a buzzword among Democrats who use fear mongering when their far-left views don’t hold up under scrutiny. Truth be told, Mastriano’s supposed “extremism” isn’t what Shapiro is concerned about. He’s afraid Mastriano will show him up and expose him. Most voters are worried about inflation, recession, crime, illegal immigration, and Critical Race Theory in public education. As the attorney general, Shapiro has good reason to fear since his record on crime isn’t the best. He supports the standard Democratic spend and tax views that helped spark the current inflation crisis that continues to worsen.
Fetterman may be to the left of Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on some issues. As the chairman of the state parole board, he never missed a meeting. The far-left Democrat advocated for releasing hard-core criminals from prison. He even stated in a video it was a mission for him. Yet, he couldn’t be bothered as the Lt. Governor to show up and preside over the Senate in accordance with his constitutional duties as president of the State Senate.
Voters deserve to hear from the candidates. It’s a part of democracy. Yet, these candidates who keep screaming about threats to democracy won’t even get on a stage and accuse Republicans to their faces.
If the charge is legitimate, why not?
What are the Democrats afraid of?
Its a question every Pennsylvania voter, and voters across America for that matter, have a right to know.
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