Investor's Business Daily hits the nail on the head in explaining Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party.
From an editorial in today's edition:
The climax Tuesday of Arlen Specter's long, drawn-out betrayal of his party may seem like it came out of nowhere — especially since it was only last month that he said he'd seek re-election as a Republican. But why be shocked when a hardened Machiavellian does what comes naturally after doing the math?Read the full editorial at the newspaper's Web site.
As a Democrat, Sen. Specter will now be Washington's king power broker, since he is poised to be the 60th vote for Democrats in the U.S. Senate, constituting a filibuster-proof majority at a time when the federal government is undergoing an unprecedented expansion in size and power.
Arlen Specter: A RINO no more.
No one is falling for Specter's hand-wringing rationale that "since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right." He was just as uncomfortable with Reaganism back then as he is now, all along relishing his role as RINO — Republican In Name Only — whose vote was up for sale.