Finally, Senator Arlen Specter showed his true colors and defected yesterday to the Democrat Party. His defection has nothing to do with his weak-kneed statement that this was no longer “Reagan’s big tent party” it had everything to do with political expediency and calculation.
Senator Specter did not switch parties because of his stimulus vote, or because of his waffling on other conservative issues, he switched parties to flat out get re-elected. Specter had long been a thorn in the side of the GOP, but seemed to revel in the attention paid to him by Republicans and Democrats as a key swing vote---Well, Arlen, you are swing vote no more, I am sure you have found a comforting home as a Rank and File Democrat.
Recent polling showed Specter down double-digits in a GOP primary, and let’s face it; he is not a stellar campaigner, so a tough GOP primary campaign seemed very unappealing. Senator Specter instead of standing up for his beliefs and explaining his switch, took the low road and said he was unhappy about his treatment by GOP leaders after his stimulus vote, and because 200,000 people changed their registrations to become Democrats. So, Senator, you are going to switch parties and alter your beliefs because of voter registrations and your treatment by some GOP leaders?
Even though Specter made the decision base purely on politics, let the source be the first to declare this is the worst political calculation of Specter's career, and he will go down in Defeat...The GOP is better off without their Specter RINO.