Specter's Turns Left?

He's just doing what he has to to get through the 2010 campaign. He want the Democratic field all to himself and the only way he can ensure that, is if he tows the party line (for the most part). Rep. Joe Sestak is itching to run against him.

From TPM's Brian Beutler:

So he became a Democrat. The move made sense as a matter of both Senate and electoral politics. Specter fits in just as well among the significant ranks of conservative Senate Democrats as he does among the ever-shrinking ranks of moderate Republicans, and his move into the majority renews what had been his dwindling hopes of re-election.

But then, unthinkably, he doubled down on all of the positions he'd taken as a threatened Republican. He bucked his new party on health care, reiterated his freshly minted objection to the Employee Free Choice Act (a bill he once wholly endorsed), and he flatly opposed the nomination of Dawn Johnsen, who President Obama has nominated to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.

Now, though, he's showing some signs of easing up on the Republicanisms.

Yesterday he announced that he and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) are nearing a compromise on EFCA. And yesterday, his staff confirmed to me that he is no longer dead set against Johnsen.


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