4.28.2009

Specter's play for political survival

While Markos see this for what it is - an attempt to save himself politically...

This move is about political survival, and nothing more. Specter's overriding concern is staying in the Senate, and he'll bend whatever conviction is necessary to make that happen. And since it was clear he wasn't going to survive a primary challenge, well, he did what he needed to do. I wouldn't be surprised, if the Dems pick up a good primary challenger to Specter, for the incumbent to suddenly re-find religion on EFCA. It's not as if Specter believes in anything beyond his title and choice parking spot near the Capitol...

...while I may not be cheering the substance of Specter's switch today, I'm definitely going to enjoy the massive hit the Republican Party will be taking today. Indeed, it's gotten that much easier to tell the story of a Republican Party so extreme, its losing ground everywhere outside the South.
Kos also is enjoying the spectacle it's bound to cause:

Furthermore, Republicans will be thrown into further turmoil. Can we forget Sen. John Cornyn, NRSC chair, saying a week ago:

A vote for Arlen Specter is a vote for denying Harry Reid and the Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate.

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