Keystone State Republican voters ought to assume twice earlier than pulling the lever for Kathy Barnette.
True, her rebel marketing campaign for the Senate has gained huge momentum earlier than Tuesday’s main. True, her model of straight-talking retail politics has been in rising vogue since Donald Trump received the White Home in 2016.
However 2022 isn’t 2016, and primaries aren’t basic elections. If Barnette turns into the GOP nominee, she should make her case to purplish Pennsylvania, which Trump solely received by a hair and broke most not too long ago for Biden. And the very components that propelled her rise within the main would kneecap her within the basic.
Like her surprising endorsement by the conservative Membership for Development. Or — maybe extra crucially — her alignment with seemingly GOP gubernatorial nominee state Sen. Doug Mastriano. Mastriano helped push Trump’s stolen election claims and has had information subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 choose committee.
Add in a extra conventional darkish horse downside. The opposite two GOP contenders, TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz (who has the coveted Trump endorsement) and ex-Bridgewater CEO David McCormick have been via the opposition-research wringer already. (The harm they’ve accomplished one another is the large cause she has an opportunity.) Barnette as a late breaker has but to face the identical scrutiny — however will if she’s the nominee.
And some ugly tidbits are already floating up, like her refusal to concede her loss in a 2020 Home race and tweets implying Barack Obama was a secret Muslim.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed celeb Dr. Mehmet Oz for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat.AP Photograph/Gene J. Puskar
We are able to’t take Dr. Oz critically as a candidate. However McCormick has a legit resume, together with stints on the Treasury Division and his tenure at Bridgewater (the place he really did the precise factor and criticized founder Ray Dalio over his apologia for China’s human-rights violations).
And the Dem nominee appears very prone to be Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, an unconventional left-leaning populist who as soon as held a shotgun on a younger, unarmed black jogger.
So this race is winnable for the GOP — with the precise candidate. And management of the US Senate for a desperately wanted verify on the disastrous Biden White Home is on the road.
If Pennsylvania Republicans wish to get the nation again heading in the right direction, they shouldn’t wager on a wild card.