In a completely political move, Sen. Specter (PA) switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat so that he could run without opposition in 2010. You see, this past election he narrowly defeated Pat Toomey in the Republican primary, and who he would most certainly lose to in 2010. See, for Sen. Specter, it’s not about what’s best for the country, or his party, but what’s best for his career.
A lot of the media is making a big deal about this transition—much like they did when Jim Jeffords left the Republican party back in 2000—because it means that if Al Franken of Minnesota is able to steal that election there will be 60 democrats in the Senate.
The thing is, this Senator has been voting with the Democrats already, and I don’t expect him to vote that differently—even with a D behind his name. I believe that the only way for the Republicans to come back is if they truly become the party of liberty, and that’s definitely not the way Sen. Specter is headed.