Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Political Bombshell: Arlen Specter goes Democrat

[updated 12:48 pm]
Wow. If Al Franken is seated, the Republicans ability to filibuster is weakened. However, Specter says he won't be an automatic 60th vote to end filibusters. dead, and it's a whole new ballgame in Congress.

Steve Benen and others argue that the significance of Specter's action isn't the ability to block the filibuster, but the fact that it paints the GOP as the party of wackos. Specter's move certainly adds momentum to the Democratic Party, while giving Republicans more reason to push Norm Coleman to do everything he can to keep Franken out of the Senate. And so it goes..

Josh Marshall's "holy crap" is the right response.

Specter's statement.

Think Progress.

Kos points out the downside to this.

1 comment:

Nancy Jane Moore said...

Hee, hee, hee, hee, hee! Now what we need is for Olympia Snow and Susan Collins to also see the light. Of course, they're not in likely to face a nutcase Republican opponent who could knock them out in primary, like Specter was. But they don't belong in today's Republican Party and they ought to admit it and leave. And then the Dems could tell Lieberman to go fly a kite.

Franken's going to end up with the Senate seat. He beat Coleman and a fair recount showed it. It's just a matter of time.