Arlen Specter is emblematic of the problems in Washington these days, and the reason so many of us want to throw most of the bums out on their collective asses. It is not because he is a Democrat, though that in and of itself should be cause for concern. It isn't even because he decided to switch from the Republican Party to the Democrats. Had he simply said last year that he now found himself more in agreement with the Democrats than the Republicans and stopped there, it probably would not have bothered me that much. The truth is, it is what he said after that they is where the real problem with Arlen Specter begins. To refresh your memory, here in all his glory is Specter explaining his reason for switching parties.
The real reason, as Specter revealed, is that he realized that he faced a challenge in Pat Toomey who decided to challenge Specter in the Pennsylvania Republican primary. He knew he was behind, and he knew he would most likely lose. To Specter and his ilk (ie Charlie Crist), it isn't about serving his constituents and letting the electorate decide who they want to represent them. No, to them it is all about maintaining their power and getting reelected no matter what it takes. It has been that way for Specter's entire political career. After all, he started as a Democrat and switched to the Republicans when it became apparent that it was the best way for him to achieve his first elected office.
Specter thought that he would have an easier time getting reelected by becoming a Democrat as opposed to a Republican. How appropriate and ironic that instead of facing Toomey in the Republican primary that he would still end up facing a challenge from Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary. How wonderfully delicious that he would lose to a challenger that the Democrat establishment did not want in the race. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.