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Specter of the RINO to Haunt GOP No More

Arlen Specter's announcement that he is switching from the Republicans to the Democrats may have come as a shock, but it shouldn't. The writing was on the wall for some time -- recently illustrated by his vote for the "stimulus" boondoggle and initial support for "card check," or, as I like to call it, "vote to join a union or regret it." His 2008 rating by the American Conservative Union -- 42 -- certainly wasn't much to write home about, although I'm sure he enjoyed the fawning of the press whenever he voted as a good "moderate" should. "Moderate Republicans" are favorites of the liberal press -- until they stop being moderate for one reason or another. Just ask John McCain.

Specter's change of heart comes on the heels of recent polls that put him well behind GOP primary challenger Pat Toomey. Within his "resignation" statement is a most telling passage:

I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine-year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate.

In other words, Pennsylvania Republicans can suck it -- Specter's loyalty is to his own political hide. If he was really confident about his record and his popularity at home, he would gladly take on Toomey in the primary. It's all about keeping his job.

Isn't this the kind of guy we say we're tired of in Washington?