While Oz campaigns about campaigning, Fetterman sells a synthetic authenticity | Strictly Opinion


SPRINGFIELD, Pa. — Election rallies in this “season of discontent” — when was there a contentment season? — feature an amiable dystopianism.

On a recent afternoon, some cheerful but fretful residents of this Philadelphia suburb packed a hall to hear two children of immigrants, Nikki Haley and Mehmet Oz, deplore the problems afflicting the nation that attracted Haley’s parents from India and Oz’s from Turkey.

Oz, 62, a Republican seeking the Senate seat of a retiring Republican, has campaigned about campaigning. His opponent, John Fetterman, 53, had a stroke in May. Until agreeing last week to an Oct. 25 debate — voting will have been underway for a month — he seemed content to campaign primarily through…

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