Perhaps Senator Arlen Specter was upset by BZ’s note that the Senate is now bereft of Jewish Republicans. A tidbit from the upcoming NYTimes Magazine interview with the party switching octegenarian. (ht Huffpo):
Q: With your departure from the Republican Party, there are no more Jewish Republicans in the Senate. Do you care about that?
A: I sure do. There’s still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner.
Congressional Quarterly has him saying he “conclusively misspoke” but I think the real Snarlen Arlen was speaking then. This move is about political expediency, about pulling a Lieberman in a state that won’t allow him to start his own party if he loses the election. So call me completely unsurprised that he’s not so supportive in getting a real Dem into the Senate chamber.
I know a lot of people have been really excited about the Dems getting to 60, but 60 people with a D after their name is not the same as 60 reliable votes on an issue. I’d much rather wait the 1.5 years and replace Specter with an actual Democrat, who may not be perfect but will be far better than Specter.
I would be ecstatic to be wrong here, but I think the Dems have thrown a lifeboat to someone who should’ve gotten an anvil. This guy is going to be worse than Blanche Lincoln and he’s in a state that Obama took by what, ten points?