Filibuster-proof majority


Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.

Specter’s decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next senator from Minnesota. (Former senator Norm Coleman is appealing Franken’s victory in the state Supreme Court.)

“I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary,” said Specter in a statement. “I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.”

Teabag that, suckahs!

13 Responses to “Filibuster-proof majority”

  1. 1 theconverted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I can’t decide JJ…just plain butter, or should I get some of that White Cheddar topping? Regular or Extra large bag?


    This is going to be fun…


  2. 2 JJ Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Mmmm white cheddar topping! Better make that an extra large, this will be going on for (at least) 8 years… 😀

  3. 3 mouthyorange Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I like it with just a drop of butter and a light sprinkling of sea salt.

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Coming right up! Now get comfy, it’ll be a good show 😛

  5. 5 theconverted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Do you think we’ll see a Bobby Jindal cartoon in the comming attractions?

  6. 6 JJ Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 10:09 am

    After the Jindal cartoon, I’m hoping to see Olympia Snowe in the coming defections, er, attractions.

  7. 7 Scott Tribe Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 11:23 am

    You’re presuming that all 60 Dems (once Franken is seated) will all vote for cloture. That’s not a given, considering some of the Democrats are on the conservative wing of the party – particularly those that are from traditional “red” Republican states.

  8. 8 J. A. Baker Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I don’t know. I’m a bit less sanguine about this development that one would expect for two reasons:

    1) Specter, in spite of his party switch, is no small-l liberal. He said as much in his press conference about an hour ago (“I will not be an automatic 60th vote.”) – citing the Employee Free Choice Act as an example. (I guess he likes the status quo where employers can get away with making it virtually impossible to unionize.)

    2) This gives the GOP all the more incentive to encourage Norm Coleman to stall Al Franken’s inevitable installment as Senator for as long as possible.

  9. 9 Torontonian Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Arlen Spector has always wavered between the two parties.
    He’s like the windsock at the runway. Depends on which
    way the wind’s blowing.

    The Norm Coleman/ Al Franken matter is pitiful. Nobody
    should have the right to impede the natural transition
    of an elected person to take office. But of course,
    the entire American electoral system is due to be
    reworked and redesigned.

    Bobby Jindal reminds me of that boy character on
    South Park whose half-shouting speaking method means
    I have to resort to closed captioning.

    My view of American politicans like Norm Coleman can be
    best summed up by the avatar beside this entry.

  10. 10 JJ Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Scott – I agree, it’s not an automatic vote with the Dems. And Specter, although he is a moderate, is doing it more out of political opportunism than principle. But I’ll take it, because it’s just one more indication that the GOP is going down the tubes.

  11. 11 JJ Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    JAB – For sure, Specter is no lefty. But he doesn’t fit in with the current GOP either — like anyone who isn’t nuts or stupid.

    He won’t be an automatic vote with the Dems, as Scott pointed out, but just the fact that he crossed the floor is what I like. I LOVE that more and more moderates are finding they can’t handle being in the GOP any more. The more of them that leave, the more it becomes a regional special interest rump party, and the less chance the nuts have of ever holding power again.

    Something will give at some point — a third party. Til then, I like this 🙂

  12. 12 JJ Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Torontonian – This may give Coleman the incentive to keep blocking Franken, but in reality how long can he keep that up? Franken will be confirmed at some point, that is a given. Coleman is just douchebagging around and being a jerk. (Oddly, Coleman was a Democrat years ago, who changed sides to the GOP out of political necessity.)

  1. 1 Scott's DiaTribes Trackback on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 12:24 pm

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