Specter shifts to Democrats – tectonic event in Washington
If Al Franken ever makes it to the United States Senate, he'll join Arlen Specter in the Democratic caucus. That event will signal a 60 vote majority for the Democrats, creating a fillibuster proof margin for the agenda of President Obama. Specter's statement: I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation. 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.