Arlen Specter Had an Easy Path to Reelection But He Chose Honor Instead, Okay?


“Look here, I had a clear shot at re-election. If I had stayed with the obstructionist Republican caucus, I would have been re-elected easily, especially in an out-year when the party out of power is favored.” —Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter, in a dead heat with Congressman Joe Sestak going into tomorrow’s primary vote, on CNN yesterday. A Rasmussen poll a week before Specter switched parties last year showed him trailing in a Republican primary by 21 points. [Political Ticker/CNN]