Arlen Specter has given the Republicans the finger and jumped on board with the Dems. Surprise? Maybe not so much.
This story gives the basic skinny, but what's left out is the real reasons for the switch. I've got a few suggestions for Specter's lack of faith in the Republican Party and why he found it disturbing.
For one, which is mentioned in the AP story but not dug into, is that his state has swung wildly to the left. As a Republican, he faces a strong primary contender. Might as well eliminate that threat by hopping the fence.
Another reason - he wants to remain a senator. Switching parties not only stops the strong primary fight, but it helps with getting the necessary votes. Why beat a primary opponent only to get defeated by some guy wearing the Democratic mantle?
And lastly - he's 79. The man is knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door and he doesn't want to open it as a guy who lost his last election.
Makes sense to go with the party that gives ya the best shot.