RINO No More

Senator Arlen Specter is switching to the Democratic Party, CNN reports. Faced with a tough primary challenge by Club for Growth leader Pat Toomey and frequently targeted by conservative activists for his moderate departures from the party line, Specter is switching parties and is going run for re-election as a Democrat. With Pennsylvania moving blue at a rapid pace, I’d say this is a smart move for Snarlin’ Arlen. “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,” he said in a statement.

The GOP base has never liked him—something I learned firsthand going to college in PA—but the guy knows how to win elections. I’d expect him to beat Pat Toomey should the two match up next year in the general, given how Pennsylvania is moving.

The GOP’s march to ideological purity but electoral irrelevancy rolls on…

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