John Fetterman, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, made a fool of himself during a debate this week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was caught downplaying its impact and what it means for the party.
Schumer assured President Joe Biden that Fetterman's disastrous performance "didn't hurt us too much," the Washington Times reported. The comment was caught on a hot mic Thursday, along with other election-related predictions.
The debate between Fetterman and Republican nominee Mehmet Oz was a political bloodbath for the Democrats. Fetterman suffered a stroke earlier this year and was given special accommodations to compensate for his deficiencies.
Still, he could not string coherent sentences together, raising questions about his fitness for office. Democrats are facing a tight race in the Keystone state, but Schumer assured Biden it wasn't that bad.
"It looks like the debate didn't hurt us too much in Pennsylvania as of today," Schumer said, according to Fox News. "So that's good."
However, Schumer expressed concern about another race in another state, although he didn't mention any names. "That seat, we're in danger in that seat," Schumer said. "We'll see."
Schumer also gave Biden the rundown in Nevada and Georgia. "I think we're picking up steam in Nevada," Schumer told the president.
The New York Democrat was also skeptical that Herschel Walker was doing as well as he was in the Peach State. "The state where we're going down, though, is Georgia. It's hard to believe that they will go for Herschel Walker," Schumer said.
It appears Schumer should be worried. The Senate is currently split 50-50, and a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives seems almost inevitable.
Even the New York Times has reported that the "red way" may be coming on Election Day. "Republicans need to win only a handful of seats to take over the House of Representatives, which Democrats now control by a narrow margin of 220-212," the Times noted.
"But with two weeks until the election, Republicans are looking to run up the score and win a more expansive — and governable —majority by vying for districts in Democratic bastions, including in Rhode Island, which has not sent a Republican to Congress for nearly three decades." The publication believes the midterm elections could shift the entire power dynamic in Washington, D.C.
If trends continue to go as they are today, Democrats could see their control of government shrink. It will also be the death knell for Biden's radical agenda.