Arlen Spector on March 17th:
I am staying a Republican because I think I have an important role, a more important role, to play there. The United States very desperately needs a two-party system. That's the basis of politics in America. I'm afraid we are becoming a one-party system, with Republicans becoming just a regional party with so little representation of the northeast or in the middle atlantic. I think as a governmental matter, it is very important to have a check and balance. That's a very important principle in the operation of our government. In the constitution on Separation of powers.
The first, second, third, and only reason that Spector is switching parties is to avoid getting his fanny kicked on the GOP primary. All this talk of the party moving too far to the right is Bravo Sierra considering the hardcore right-winger the GOP had for a presidential candidate last year.
Spector claims that he will not change his rejection of union card check. When he announced that he wouldn't support card check he said that he would change his mind if the economy improves (which should be in 2011 after he is safely re-elected). I predict that if he faces a card check supporter in the PA Dem primary the economy will be improving very quickly.