BREAKING NEWS: Arlen Specter switching parties to give Democrats 60 votes in Senate

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    The Fix - Specter To Switch Parties

    Specter To Switch Parties


    Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.


    Specter's decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next Senator from Minnesota. (Former Sen. Norm Coleman is appealing Franken's victory in the state Supreme Court.)


    "I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary," said Specter in a statement. "I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election."


    He added: "Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."
     
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    He's been far from a conservative in his positions, votes, etc anyway...

    This will just make it sweeter when he gets voted out by even more disgruntled constituents
     
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    Wow, that is big news.

    Now all the Republicans have to do is persuade the Senators from Maine and the other state they excortiated for voting in favor of the stimulus bill, and the Republicans will make themselves trully impotent to do anything more that whine and criticize Obama's every breath.
     
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    Arlen Specter is switching BACK to being a Democrat...

    Guess that shoots the "Single Party Theory"
     
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    How many others will follow?
     
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    Fits. Would imagine the Reps will be glad to see him go. Still not sure he will keep his seat.
     
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    None. He has been a RINO for awhile now. This is merely him changing parties on paper.
     
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    wasn't he the one who was wined and dined and wooed at the superbowl wh tea party?
     
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    like we're really really impressed with your hypocricy,, like you did it for eight fucking years when President Bush was in office.. now it's our turn. DUmmie
     
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    Vel-l-l-l-y Interesting.
    He'd defeat Toomey, his very far right assumed to win the Republican primary opponent
    in a general election. Handily. Specter has a lot of respect and support in PA.
    Be curious to see (if thsi happens) if Obama Reid can convince all PA Dmes to not run in a primary against Specter.
    Or - IF he does switch, this year to being a (D) what his role would be in the US Senate.
    He has a ton od seniority, and could finangkle a deal.

    The GOP has cast off, chased away with a stick wayyyyyyy too many electable moderates from their party, and they have reduced the GOP 's strength in the process.
    It is pretty much now just a small hard rightwing minority in Congress.
    And getting smaller.
     

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