Pennsylvania is a purple state with an open Senate seat emerging in 2022, a “must-have” for both parties.
One party, however, the GOP apparently could not get out of the sand to start the race. According to an article in today’s Politics, states Senator Sean Parnell, the party’s “leading candidate” (Trump endorsed) is in a high-profile child custody case and has been accused of domestic violence by his estranged wife. Not ideal.
“It’s ripe for someone to fall in and take it,” according to former Pennsylvania Republican Party chairman Rob Gleason.
In this battle, the carpet-bag, once respected – but now quacking duck, television doctor enters, “Dr. Oz. ”
From the Democratic perspective, Oz is clearly just what the doctor ordered as a solution for a party that simply refuses to get serious; They offer another semi-celebrity known for selling snake oil, and a newcomer to all things political, running for a seat in a big state, one that Republicans consider a must-pick. This is exactly what one should expect now from a party that simply refuses to get serious, even in a must-win state:
The competition is critical for Republicans: They must hold on to the seat set by Sen. Pat Toomey is evacuated to take back control of the room, and in theory they should be able to. Inflation is high, President Joe Biden’s approval rating is declining and the party has overturned Democratic seats in this month’s elections, including in critical battlefield suburbs. A net profit of just one Senate seat will put the IDP in charge.
Not the scenario where one wants their hopes to ride on a political beginner, a matbagger, and another controversial one. Normally, Republicans could rely on Trump and the fact that Trump supports Parnell, but Republicans fear a setback (rightly) against a man accused of beating his child.
The weak “leader” created a bunch of semi-viable candidates, which allowed Oz to jump, fitting an increasingly established pattern. (Trump himself ,, “Dr. Ronny Jackson,” Sen Coach TommyTubberville “), someone with a name and bombastic attitude, no political experience, but an ability to sell whatever it is MAGA’s supporters want that day have.
Oz speaks the language by being accustomed to quick, easy, clichéd solutions to unsolvable issues, whether in medicine or politics, two disciplines he has been mixing for some time. But he is hardly welcomed by experienced party poles:
“I do not know a single politically involved person in Pennsylvania who is not paid who wants to be involved in this effort,” said a Republican strategist from Pennsylvania, adding that the “fairly universal response was ‘LOL’.” “There is no one who thinks the solution to the Sean Parnell issue is Dr. Oz.”
Yes, except that this is the MAGA-GOP’s problem. They are now attracting a crowd that expects the semi-conspiracy theory, science-doubting, overconfident, over-promising / submissive type. In this sense, Dr. Oz the perfect fit in a culture that Trump and the rest of them built consciously and deliberately.
And that is exactly why the IDP is concerned. Oz is also the perfect match to be beaten by a political pro who knows how to define issues that people care about and address them coherently. Now, if only the Democrats could find one of those …
Jason Miciak is a political writer, with writer, writer and lawyer. He is originally from Canada, but grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a dual Canadian-American citizen, for which he is becoming increasingly grateful every day. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the shores of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic who can not add and loves dogs more than most people. He also enjoys studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.
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