Finally! Sen. Arlen Specter has made it official. He is no longer Sen Spector (R-PA), he is now Sen. Spector (D-PA). We conservatives are thrilled about the change. Those of Specter’s ilk have been drowning the party in mediocre, unprincipled politics. Seeing the writing on the wall, Spector finally decided it was time to make the move.
So what was the impetus? After all, Sen. Specter just re-affirmed his commitment to the Republican party on March 17th. (Article) Only a month later it seems everything has changed, chiefly:
Specter’s re-election campaign was in serious jeopardy. Republican Toomey was gearing up to oppose Specter in the Pennsylvania Republican primary. Not to mention that Specter wasn’t getting much support from voters in PA angry about his support of Obama’s stimulus package.
- Specter faced an extraordinarily difficult re-election challenge in his home state in 2010, having first to confront a challenge from his right in the Republican primary before pivoting to a general election campaign against a Democrat.
“I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate,” he said in the statement.
Perhaps he was waiting for accolades for standing up against Card Check? He is really acting in self-interest. He is preserving his power and not responding to his constituents.