I’ve been at work all day.
What’s that, you say? He’s now a Democrat?
“I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary,” said Specter in a statement. “I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.”
He added: “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.”
Liar. This is all about personal preservation and you know it.
UPDATE: Mitch McConnell gets a lot closer to the truth:
Well, obviously we are not happy that Senator Specter has decided to become a Democrat. He visited with me in my office late yesterday afternoon and told me quite candidly that he’d been informed by his pollster that it would be impossible for him to be re-elected in Pennsylvania as a Republican because he could not win the primary. And he was also informed by his pollster that he could not get elected as an Independent and indicated that he had decided to become a Democrat.
Anyone who ever counts on Arlen Specter for anything is likely to be disappointed.
Lest this sound like praise, Beldar also observes that “ass-clown” is an appropriate term for Specter.