Arlen Specter has just announced he
will be switching has switched parties and will be running in 2010 as a Democrat.
And here I thought the 59th Senate Democrat was gonna be Al Franken… Looks like he’s gonna be the much sought-after (but not magical) 60!
UPDATE: It should be emphasized that there is nothing magical about 60 votes. As Specter put it,
My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans. Unlike Senator Jeffords’ switch which changed party control, I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture.
So this move is more symbolic than anything, but it is a heck of a symbol!