was my reaction when I heard the news that Arlen Specter is switching to the Democratic party. I know, he was quite clear that he won't be an automatic 60th vote for cloture for the Democrats. Oddly enough, he singled out the Employee Free Choice Act as an example of where he won't change his position, even though he used to be a co-sponsor of the bill in a previous Congress. But I would say that the odds of a significant step on health care reform actually getting passed this year just went up by a good bit.
Some interesting coverage of the story, from:
- Talking Points Memo
- Campaign Diaries See also this post from a month ago, about Pennsylvania's sore loser law.
I know I promised a book review today, but I don't have the energy -- feeling a bit sick (upset tummy, not the flu, chill out). Maybe tomorrow. But I may also report on my jury duty experience.