This just in:
Longtime Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is reportedly switching to the Democratic Party.
Here’s part of a statement Specter released at politicspa.com:
“Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.”
While this move clearly was made in part to help Specter win re-election next year, as NPR reports, it also reflects a growing belief that the GOP has strayed, that in recent years (decades?) it has been hijacked by extremists who are unwilling or unable to find any common ground with centrists or (God forbid!) liberals.
If you’ve come to believe that the Rush Limbaughs and Hannities and Glen Becks of the world represent Republicans, I can tell from firsthand conversations that many Republicans are surprisingly sane and open to ideas other than angry rants of the shouting heads of conservative radio and TV.