Following an apparent recruitment in which Joe Biden, Barack Obama and other Democrats were involved, Arlen Specter today abruptly switched to the Democratic party, actualizing what Republicans have said about him all along.
"I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate," said Specter in a statement.
Unfortunately, that is all that is left for you, Arlen.
Specter became well-known for his defense of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the hearings dominated by the false allegations of Anita Hill. However, his voting record on both fiscal and social issues has always been far more Democratic than Republican.
Specter was one of the original members of Congress to earn the moniker of "RINO," a Republican In Name Only. Does his defection make him a "DIRA," a Democrat In Reality, Actually?
With Al Franken apparently leading in the Minnesota Senate race, still not decided as of this date, Specter's defection (or, admission?) would give the Democrats enough senators to overcome a filibuster.
Interestingly enough, Arlen Specter attempted to have a rule passed in Congress to prohibit inter-term party defections when Jim Jeffords had his Benedict Arnold moment in 2001.