Sen. Arlen Specter speaks Wednesday as President Obama looks on in the White House

The picture says it all…which is, ‘everything is political’.

Arlen Specter, the longtime Republican senator who
switched parties Tuesday, admitted Wednesday the move was driven partly
by a desire to keep his seat.

How will the voters who put him in office regard this switch? They’re the reason for it, evidently.

The senator, who has represented Pennsylvania in the
upper chamber since 1980, said he was “anxious” to stay in the Senate —
and he did not want to face a Republican primary in order to keep his
seat next year.

“I was unwilling to subject my 29-year record in the U.S. Senate to
the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate,” he said. “But I am
pleased to run in the primary on the Democratic ticket and am ready,
willing and anxious to take on all comers in the general election.”

Polls suggested Specter would face a stiff primary challenge from
Rep. Pat Toomey, who falls to his right on the political spectrum.
Toomey nearly defeated Specter in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary
in 2004.

So….politics triumph over principles. Some things in Washington will never change.

Sheila Liaugminas

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