The Democrats welcomed Sen. Arlen Specter into our party today. He gave one simple reason for switching parties: "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."
The extreme right wing lost the American people in 2006 and 2008. Now, they've lost their hold on another moderate voice in the United States Senate. This one's a game-changer. Specter's move immediately improves the prospects of President Obama's bold change agenda.
But make no mistake - Republicans still have the votes they need to mount a filibuster. Sen. Specter's decision will make our opponents even more desperate. Norm Coleman will dig in his heels and fight even harder to deny us that filibuster-proof 60th seat.
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** Stay tuned for less schadenfreude.. I promise -- Doug Wiken