It is obvious to anyone who has an ounce of intelligence that Arlen Specter is changing political parties for political preservation because Rep. Pat Toomey was giving him a run for his money. Polls showed that Arlen Specter was slipping big time against his Republican rival by some ten points. Alan Specter said the following:
"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."
What I say to that is "HOOey!" And if Al Franken manages to steal the election in Minnesota, Republicans would never have had a filibuster anyway, because Specter never voted with the party. Specter slips in the polls, and for his politcal survival jumps ship. Previously, he tried to block party switching as reported by politico.com
According to politico.com
This mind-bending revelation from my colleague Eamon Javers:
Back in '01, when Vermont Republican Jim Jeffords went independent so he could caucus with the Democrats, a senator took to the floor to suggest the Senate alter its rules to preclude midterm switchers from causing a changeover in control of the chamber.
His name? Guess.
Specter: "How should these issues be handled by the Senate for the future? I intend to propose a rule change which would preclude a future recurrence of a Senator's change in parties, in midsession, organizing with the opposition, to cause the upheaval which is now resulting."
[The Congressional Record link]
He was most concerned with a technical issue: The ability of members to switch parties after "organizational" party meetings that determine which party serves in the majority.
And in other specter news -
The National Review reports that Arlen Specter was the one who invented the conspiracy theory called "single-bullet theory" to explain the assasination of President Kennedy.
Long before he became one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate — and the target of Congressman Pat Toomey's GOP primary challenge — Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania demonstrated a knack for notoriety. In 1964, as a member of the Warren Commission, he invented the "single-bullet theory" to explain how Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy. Conspiracy junkies have obsessed over him ever since. (In Oliver Stone's movie JFK, Kevin Costner's character labels Specter "an ambitious junior counselor" behind "one of the grossest lies ever forced on the American people.")
I say good riddance. You will not be missed.