So today Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) announced that he was becoming a Democrat in preparation for his reelection bid next year. I use the phrase “becoming a Democrat” because he said that he’s not leaving the Republican Party as much the GOP left him. In a lengthy news conference Specter candidly explained that he looked at the polls and it looked unlikely he could win the GOP nomination. Sen. Specter was quick to point out that he wouldn’t be changing his positions on any issues.
That’s ok, because he will definitely be changing his position on one vote. If he gets re-elected, he will be voting for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for Majority Leader, not Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). For those who complain that’s not enough, they need to recognize the kind of politician who wins statewide in Pennsylvania is a middle of the road one. That label fits Specter just fine.
That said, I have to wonder if there are not webmasters at the DNC, the DSCC and the Pa. Democratic Party working late tonight to scrub their websites of all the nasty references to the Republican version of Specter. I’m wager that’s the case.
For what it’s worth, this is not the first time Sen. Specter has changed parties. He was a Democrat before he was elected Philadelphia’s District Attorney on the GOP ticket in 1965.