Chapter . Specter Switches Sides
Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter announced in April 2009 that he was officially switching to the Democratic Party, as he felt the Republican Party had moved too far right for him to remain a member. According to colleagues, Specter tried for years to remain loyal as a moderate Republican but found it too difficult in the year leading up to his switch—but conveniently the flip-flop also gave Specter a good chance at winning Pennsylvania’s Democratic seat in 2010. President Obama personally welcomed Specter to the party; cartoonists were less thrilled.