I've seen this graphic floating about on progressive blogs (this came via Crooks & Liars) over the past two days, blogs that are both accepting of Senator Arlen Specter's recent announcement that he will run as a Democrat for his Pennsylvania Senate seat in 2010 and those that are appalled that their party would welcome Specter with open arms.
The more I think about what Specter joining the Democratic Party means, the more I realize that there will be plenty of good, upstanding Democrats who will be livid if the party supports Specter in a 2010 Democratic primary. To those Democrats who reside in this state, Idaho, I have these two words: Walt Minnick.
Granted, Arlen Specter has been a thorn in the side of the Republican and Democratic parties and a Republican in the public spotlight for much longer than our 1st district congressman has been an elected representative of this state, but if we're going to talk track records we can always discuss a stint in the Nixon White House. Let's please remember the situation we find ourselves in here in our home state before we start echoing the national sentiment about sending "a real progressive" to the Senate.