Straight from the horse's mouth on

Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans…I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary.

Self-preservation at its finest. My knee-jerk reaction is that he will cakewalk through 2010 as a Democrat. More on this soon.


  • Choice quote: "I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate."

    I had to read it through twice before I realized that it didn't actually end with "because those mouthbreathers are completely batshit," it only seems like it does.

  • As a Pennsylvanian, I am pleased only because it is a sharp stick in the eye of the GOP. Specter is too self serving and egocentric for my taste. I anxiously await the time in the near future when the goopers fall to scrapping with the Libertarians and Green Party for a place on the ballot.

  • I disagree, Ed. True, Arlen would have trouble winning on a GOP ticket, but that's probably because the GOP has debased itself beyond all previous expectations, and getting on the ticket would demand yet more insane party-line voting. Don't forget, the Dems have recently welcomed a former Loony Rushdoony adherent and evangelical powerhouse like Howard Ahmanson, Jr to their ranks, so I believe it's more a case of the GOP charging to the right of Attila the Hun, than an electoral power-play by Specter.

    At the end of the day, Specter's 85 and has cancer, so I don't think this is about his political future so much as his conscience.

    Welcome to the Obama Big Tent, Arlen.

  • Oh come on, Prudie! Specter's only 79 (a veritable Spring chicken!) and he's only had cancer twice.

    Well, okay, yeah. Maybe this is sort of a death-bed conversion.

  • What amazes me is Olympia – I'm not clear whether she feels that it's nobler to go down with the Titanic or whether she's waiting for the seemingly inevitable Beck/Palin 'Beer Hall Putsch' to finally throw in the towel. It's like staying married to Hannibal Lecter because divorce is dishonorable.

  • Coleman-Franken has reached the MN Supreme Court. There are limits to how much longer it can be dragged out, as there is only one additional venue for appeal and I seriously doubt they will touch this one with a 10-foot pole.

    From the SCOTUS perspective, there is no issue here once the state has certified the results.

  • Bugger, Matthew, you've pointed out that I have zero maths skillz. Damn, the truth will out. You're right, Arlen is 79 and has some serious cancer ish, but I guess being a dopey old euro-commie, I believe him. Sure, his poll numbers have been taking a beating, but for some odd reason (and not that we'd vote along party lines together) I buy the conscience gambit. Most of it.

    That, and the old dude has finally realized that the GOP *really is* being run by loopy nutbags like Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Michelle Maglalang Malkin. No worries about any moderate center, Michael Steele will be voted out of the RNC by a no-confidence vote shortly.

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