U.S. Senate Democrats get the coveted 60th seat from…a defection. So Norm Coleman’s odious delaying tactics
against Al Franken don’t amount to squat could continue forever and ever and ever.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. The Rumpublican Party continues its shrinkage.
As a native Pennsylvanian, who proudly voted against Specter way back in 1986, all I can say is “wow.” Wow. I’m as speechless as the Club for Growth.
UPDATE, UPDATE [Goldy]:
As N in Seattle points out in the comment thread, you have to understand Philadelphia politics to understand Specter’s politics. Specter was a registered Democrat when he first ran for District Attorney as a Republican, and he built his reputation fighting the corrupt Democratic machine of Mayors Jim Tate and Frank Rizzo. Specter was a bit of a reformer, more in line with the socially liberal, economically conservative “Rockefeller Republicans” who dominated suburban politics at the time. Thus as the GOP moved further and further to the right, it was always disappointing to see him toe the party line again and again, out of political expediency.
No doubt this final party switch was driven by political expediency too. But while he may be the newest member of the Senate Democratic Caucus, he is certainly far from the most conservative.
UPDATE THREE [Jon]: Updated the original post to reflect that some are pointing out Specter’s switch may actually increase the pressure on Republicans to not allow Al Franken to be seated. Whatever. It’s still funny as hell.
UPDATE 4 [Darryl]: Shrinkage, indeed. But Sen. Specter is destroying my narrative of being an independent-turned-Republican. As I explained in my statement of support for Mike Huckabee, in 1998 I voted for Republican Sen. Specter over his “pro-life” Democratic opponent Bill Lloyd.