According to the Washington Post, Specter said today, "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."
Specter's decision comes after visiting his home state of Pennsylvania and speaking with his constituents. They made it evidently clear to him that he will not survive the 2010 Republican primary because of his vote for Barack Obamas stimulus package, a vote he cast without taking the time to read the bill first. Specter's deicision to switch parties clearly comes not from a fundamental philosophical change, but from selfish political expediency.
We'd say Arlen Specter is a Benedict Arnold for selling out the American people, not just the Republican party, but that would be an insult to General Arnold.
UPDATE 12:10 pm - In a March 17, interview with The Hill Specter said he would not switch parties.
In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character....
- Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education, 1789
I am staying a Republican because I think I have an important role, a more important role, to play there. The United States very desperately needs a two-party system. That's the basis of politics in America... I think as a governmental matter, it is very important to have a check and balance.
They are trying very hard for the 60th vote. Got to give them credit for trying. But the answer is no.