Yeah we disagree on some key issues (he is/was a Republican after all) but one can respect the idea of a politician seeking to represent the views of his constituents, he has been elected time after time based on his record and platform and has split from his party on a number of issues in the past (the stimulus package in particular). There is plenty of evidence that Arlen is in fact just following the people he represents as Pennsylvanians have been leaving the republican party in droves since before the November election . As a result, TRM would like to believe Mr. Spectre's Party switch is genuinely because he finds himself and his constituents' needs better met by the Dems and not just because he is being challenged in the republican primaries. Have you looked at the guy running against him? He's a neo-conservative nightmare!
SO! Show a little support for a politician putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to representing the people in his state (Pennsylvania did go strongly in Obama's favor last November after-all). Give him the benefit of the doubt, take him at his word and reserve the snarking and questioning of his motives until his future actions deserve it.
That's right you extra Lefty folks! Calm Down! Some of you are already frothing at the mouth to cut Arlen off at the knees, and for what? Agreeing with you for once? Getting the Dems closer to a filibuster proof majority? Hopefully helping pass genuine health care reform? Likely voting strongly along party lines at least until the mid-terms? Consider your options and really think before you go for blood. You go after him and create a party destroying fracas in Pennsylvania and you could end up with Toomey and that would be far far worse than having a democrat who breaks with the party on a vote from time to time. In other words, Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.