Fox News reports:
Veteran GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch political parties and run in the Democratic primary in 2010, FOX News has confirmed.
Republican voters had sent him to the Senate five times. But faced with the prospect of a strong challenge from conservative Pat Toomey in the GOP primary and the state trending Democratic, Specter jumped ship.
It’s not immediately obvious that this changes much. Democrats didn’t need his vote for the leadership, and he’s been voting more Democrat than Republican on legislation already. But, this might change things if he has to move to the left to secure the Democratic nomination. He says his vote against card check won’t change, but we’ll see.
On other hand, this helps us after the mid-term elections. As much as I want to believe, Toomey isn’t likely to win statewide, which means Pennsylvania is probably electing a Democrat anyway. Better Specter than most other Democrats, I suppose. Also, the GOP won’t be wasting any money defending Specter.