The U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania could showcase the bleakness of politics as Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman takes on Republican Dr. Mehmed takes on Oz in a crucial race.
An open Pennsylvania Senate seat will play a key role in determining which party will take control after this year's midterm elections.
The campaign was accompanied by harsh rhetoric from both sides. Questioning Fetterman's ability to serve after suffering a stroke in May, Oz's campaign has targeted Oz, a longtime New Jersey resident.
Fetterman called Oz "sick" after the famed surgeon revealed that the experiments he conducted killed more than 300 dogs and other animals, and the Republican said the Democrat supports "taking convicted murderers off the streets."
Oz denies any involvement in the dogs' deaths.
Political analysts interviewed by Newsweek called the race "juvenile" and an example of "blurring of rules" in American politics.
Fetterman and Oz's campaign speeches have made national news and the race could be critical for control of the Senate, and Fetterman's campaign has been particularly effective in its use of social media, but the Pennsylvania debate has been "muted," according to Thomas. Gift, founding director of the Center for American Policy at University College London…
"You'd be hard-pressed to find a mid-racial in the country younger than the Pennsylvania incident between John Fetterman and Dr. Oz, and that's saying something, " Gift told Newsweek.
"For two Ivy League guys, it's amazing that this game is one of the best races in the state this year," he said.
"While a race can determine which party will control the Senate, the need for respectable political debate and high-level political rhetoric has given way to high school pranks and school kids on Twitter," Gift added.
Gift went on to say that Fetterman's entire campaign revolved around online memes attacking Oz as a New Jersey resident. Meanwhile, Oz has spent the last few days denying the story that the puppy is the killer.
“Pennsylvania may be the center of the political universe. But it is certainly not at the center of a rational, principled political conversation,” he said.
Paul Kurk, a political scientist at Canada's University of British Columbia , told Newsweek that the campaign rhetoric may be aimed at keeping the attention of "tired" voters.
"America's campaign rhetoric has been in decline for 30 years," Kirk said. "There was a breach of the rules at the earlier stages of blatantly false and obscene accusations."
Already in 2004, the Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, indicated that he had been "declared a manipulated Republican by George W. Bush supporters for no good reason."
"Much of the motivation for this rule-breaking stems from recent campaign strategies to win over moderates, win over voters and instead mobilize the party base," he said. "Major party supporters do not insist on high standards of accuracy when attacking other party candidates."
Quick also noted his role in two of former President Donald Trump's campaigns and his presidency included "school insults, 'lock him up' and derogatory epithets for opponents and critics" who were "held to even lower standards".
"Other candidates, especially those nominated by Trump, followed his example. The voter response to the exaggeration and irresponsible rhetoric that we once expected has not materialized,” Kirk continued.
Oz was endorsed by former President Trump, along with many other midterm Republican candidates.
"If anything, the backbone of the party, especially on the Republican side, is fed up and making wild claims to keep him interested," he said.
According to an analysis by polling tracker FiveThirtyEight, Fetterman is unlikely to win the Pennsylvania Senate race, but Cornell associate professor of government David A. Oz cannot pull off, according to Bateman. .
"I think Oz is a very modern, almost irreverent Fetterman campaign that manages to connect with people in the same way that populism does, but without the few that populists like to use," he said. Bateman Newsweek.
"For Democrats, I expect Fetterman's initial discussion of his new disability to set a precedent for the future," he continued. "Oz tried to process it, but it wasn't just a bad trait, it was even more disgusting because of the attack on Fetterman's health."
"But all indications are that the Republicans will be happy, and even the shaky Oz campaign will not lose," Bateman added.
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