Specter’s last metamorphosis?
, back to opposing
the Democrats, after having switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party last year. But it’s not really a metamorphosis, because, as always, Specter is absolutely consistent in his one and only loyalty, which is to himself. Indeed, the man is so pure in his self-love that it’s almost inspiring.
Friends tell The Daily Beast that the departing senator, injured by Obama’s failure to show last-minute support, may well shift right on key votes from Kagan to financial reform.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 27, 2010 01:55 PM | Send
With party unity crucial to Democrats’ hopes for passing significant legislation before the midterm elections, Arlen Specter’s primary loss could pose a new problem for the White House.
The Senate could vote on any number of crucial bills before the midterms, including a new jobs bill, immigration reform, climate-change legislation, and a final financial-reform package, making Specter’s continuing support more important than ever. But several longtime friends and associates tell The Daily Beast that without a primary challenge to pressure him, the veteran senator—a famously prickly character whose temper has earned him the nickname “Snarlin’ Arlen”—may shift to the right.