This breaks everything wide open in the senate for filibuster. Senator Specter makes 59 and Al Franken in Minnesota will make it 60.
The Republican Party left Arlen Specter, they don't like moderates, we saw this all along the northeast, the Republicans need to decide to be the Rush Limbaugh party or the middle of the road party of the people.
Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter announced Tuesday that he is switching parties, a move would give Democrats a filibuster-proof 60 seats if Al Franken is seated in the Minnesota race.
"I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary," the Pennsylvania senator said in a statement.
"I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans," Specter said, adding that the "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."