Specter Goes Dem

From Yahoo:

WASHINGTON – Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania disclosed plans Tuesday to switch parties, a move intended to boost his chances of winning re-election next year that also will push Democrats within one seat of a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority.

I think the story hit it on the head in the first paragraph:  Specter wants to stay in the Senate, pure and simple.  He’s moving to the side of the ascendant party.

Also, he knows that Pat Toomey will kill him in the Republican primary this time around, so he’s staving off facing him until the general.

That said, I think he’s an opportunistic sleazeball.  He wants to join the party, he needs to make sure EFCA passes.  I say that not only because he came out against it, sort of, but because without the support of unions, he won’t win.  And to get the support of unions, he needs to work on getting EFCA passed.

This is EFCA: http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceatwork/efca/whatis.cfm

Also, I bet he makes institutional Democratic Party support a condition of his joining, which I think is a mediocre move for the Dems.  They could beat Toomey, which means they COULD run a candidate who is actually liberal for that seat – not to mention new blood.  Instead, I bet they back Specter because he’s part of the good ol’ boys club.

Oh, and Specter has to be rubbing his hands at being vote #60 in the Senate – that’s a lot of power.  He’s got to get in on all that fun Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman have.

What do you think?

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2 Comments on “Specter Goes Dem”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I am glad he switched. He was Republican by name only. Now a real Republican can be elected.

  2. Dennis Says:

    Hee hee. But they won’t. Specter will get re-elected, much to everyone’s disgust, including mine.


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