Arlen Specter Switches Parties
Many of you probably know by now that long time Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has decided to join the Democratic Party. It is difficult to say at this point what effect this will have on our political system-in his statement today Specter says that the switch does not mean that he will vote the democratic party-line or that he can be counted on as a 60th vote for cloture. Near and dear to the hearts of the Maurer community, though, is the question of whether or not Specter will change his stance on Prof. Dawn Johnsen. It looks like he will continue his opposition of her nomination. As an article in today’s local Herald-Times points out, Prof. Johnsen enjoys support from a variety of sources, however, according to the Wall Street Journal blog, even with his change Sen. Specter is not one of them. It is also unclear whether Sen. Specter’s opinion will be altered by his reported decision to join the Wu-Tang Clan.