Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Arlen Specter to become Democrat

MSNBC:
"I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary," the Pennsylvania senator said in a statement.

"I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans," Specter said, adding that the "change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans."

Personally, I'd rather he went ahead and lost the GOP primary in 2010, so we could get a real progressive in there, instead of another conservative Dem to meaninglessly water down Obama's agenda, a la Ben Nelson... but it'll be nice to have his help immediately.

UPDATE: Jon Cole:
It is also worth noting that however much fun this is, and believe me, it is a good bit of fun, that Specter is kind of an asshole. We even have a category for him here- Spectering, for all of his waffling. Having said that, anyone who brings the fringe lunatics that remain in the GOP pain is alright by me, and I’m petty and shallow enough to admit it.

He luuuuuurves the NIH, so I like him more than most of my fellow Dems, but yeah I am also petty and shallow. Though I guess this means that poor Al Franken is going to be in court for the rest of his life if the GOP has anything to say about it.