I ran across this article from Newsweek:
Specter Switches Parties; Says GOP Has Changed
The over riding question for the article is: What does Specter's switch say about the Republican Party? The inference is that Specter left because the party has changed.
This article, along with the rest of the far left media, is painting Specter as a loyal Republican who is discouraged by changes in the party. Some Dem leaders have gone as far as calling him a "prominent" Republican.
He voted 60% of the time with Democrats.
He spent most of the Bush administration attacking Bush.
He has been nearly as contemptuous of the military as any other Democrat.
Personally, I think calling him a moderate Democrat is a stretch. Specter, along with his fellow liberal "Republicans" Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have not been standing firm against the so-called neocons and trying to preserve the traditions of the party, they have been an embarrassment.
No, the Republican Party did not leave Arlen Specter, Arlen Specter left the Republican Party because he was going to be beaten by a real Republican in the 2010 primary.
So the question is not what does this mean about the GOP, we're still here standing by our principles. The real question is, what does this say about the Democratic Party.
It is no small coincidence that Specter is being welcomed with open arms by the party of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Charlie Rangel etc.
Bill Clinton wouldn't know a principle if it fell on him. His entire Presidency was marked by endless sleaze, governance by polls, and changing opinions based on the polls and how much trouble he had gotten into at the time.
Barack Obama, coming into the White House with a promise of "Change", has managed to put together one of the most corrupt cabinets ever. Few of his nominees have paid all of their taxes. One would be challenged to name a single nominee that didn't have to explain some indiscretion. From tax trouble, to bribery scandals, to grossly underestimating relationships with controversial figures, the terms "accounting mistake" "misspoken" and "reporting error" have become the new catch phrases of the Democratic Party.
Specter's fellow Congressional members Dodd, Frank, etc, etc have all been highly critical of Bush and the GOP while running their own little scams with our banking industry. In the mean time Pelosi is turning a blind eye to an endless series of scandals by her charges from the aforementioned Rangel and Frank on down the line.
With his lack of principles and say and do anything to get re-elected personality, I think Arlen Specter is finding himself among friends these days.