So exclaims Specter the Defector (New Caption Contest. Go.) to the GOP's current power players: Y'all out your minds.
I think this is good in that it sends an alarm clock blast staight to the eardrums of the GOP. They are asleep at the wheel right now (Just ask Sen. Olympia Snowe). And that can't be good for anybody.
This is also good for the Democrats for obvious reasons--especially once Franken is seated. Still, will it make that much of a difference? He changed parties because he felt his old one had slid too far to the right, but--as TPM's Eric Kleefeld explains--he also did it to preserve his chances at re-election. We'll have to stay tuned to see what, if anything, actually changes in his political approach.
Also, the acquisition could backfire for the Democrats (read: progressives might get pissed) in 2010, since the Dems promised to support his campaign, eliminating the opportunity for the party to get behind what Glenn Greenwald calls "a real Democrat." More from Greenwald here.
"Arlen Specter is one of the worst, most soul-less, most belief-free individuals in politics. The moment most vividly illustrating what Specter is: prior to the vote on the Military Commissions Act of 2006, he went to the floor of the Senate and said what the bill "seeks to do is set back basic rights by some 900 years" and is "patently unconstitutional on its face." He then proceeded to vote YES on the bill's passage."
Hey, at least he's a football fan.