Fetterman is the Democratic nominee in an upcoming US Senate election that could determine whether Republicans can take over control of that half of Congress. He suffered a strokeA right before the Democratic primary last month, and had been unacceptably vague about the episode as well as his health generally. Yesterday the facts began to come out. Fetterman, 52, and his physician confirmed that he has a heart condition called cardiomyopathy as well as an irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation. [Full disclosure: I been an atrial fibrillater for decades. But I’m just an ethicist, and have no significance whatsoever. Unlike Fetterman, however, I do take my medication.]
A pacemaker and defibrillator have now been implanted, but Fetterman is still not well enough to begin campaigning, and it is uncertain when he will be sufficiently recovered. Moreover, the revelation of cardiomyopathy is not just news, but significant news that Fetterman’s campaign initially withheld. According to the Mayo Clinic, cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure. It’s disease of the heart muscle that reduces the organ’s ability to pump blood to the body and brain.Fetterman’s cardiologist, in his written statement, also said that when Fetterman was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and a decreased heart function in 2017, he was prescribed medicine, lifestyle changes and follow-up appointments, but “did not go to any doctor for 5 years and did not continue taking his medications.” “Like so many others, and so many men in particular, I avoided going to the doctor, even though I knew I didn’t feel well,” Fetterman said in his own statement. “As a result, I almost died.”
“Everybody does it,” the Granddaddy of Rationalizations! This is the beginning of what will obviously be a concerted spin effort by Democrats.
Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, still a Democratic power-broker in the state and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said yesterday that he had no doubts about Fetterman’s health and that he did not think it would be an issue for voters. “When I was governor, the Republicans used to say I was one cheese steak away from having a heart attack, and I never did,” Rendell said. Well I’m convinced! The fact that what Republicans said about you to mock your weight didn’t come true proves that someone else who doesn’t take care of himself and has different health issues than you did is fit as a fiddle. Thanks Ed!
The New York Times, a de facto Democratic Party propaganda organ, chimed in by reminding us that Bush VP Dick Cheney had heart issues. “He finished two terms in the White House, including a hard-fought re-election campaign in 2004,” quoth the Times. This might be the first time ever that the Times has endorsed the conduct of Dick Cheney.
Fetterman is ethically obligated to withdraw from the Senate race and let another Democrat run whose health isn’t in doubt. Is he any different in this respect from the officials and candidates of both parties who are irresponsibly continuing in crucial jobs when the Grim Reaper is looming? No, he’s exactly the same as all those octogenarians, as well as Joe Biden. It is irresponsible. It is also unfair to his party, his state and the public.
In one of God’s little jokes, Fetterman’s Republican opponent is a doctor, Mehmet Oz, the TV quack inflicted on American by Oprah Winfrey. I’m sure he can make metaphorical hay out of Fetterman’s heart issues. Oz is completely unqualified to be a U.S. Senator, but he’s a celebrity and a TV personality, but that was enough for the Republican primary voters, apparently. He shouldn’t be allowed in the Senate without a ticket, but at least he’s not a substantial risk to kick the bucket or to end up a vegetable after he’s elected.
It’s truly nauseating that Pennsylvania can’t find two qualified, healthy candidates to vie for such a critical position. The fact that Fetterman is staying in the race itself is disqualifying. It proves that he’s selfish and untrustworthy.