Arlen Specter: Mr. Popular

Over at The New Republic (“Liberals who can be reasoned with”), we find that Arlen Specter is about as popular with his new party as he was with his old one:

But I think it’s pretty clear that Specter is an unprincipled hack. If his best odds of keeping his Senate seat lay in joining the Communist party, he’d probably do that.

To be sure, Specter is a real moderate on some issues, but his contortions are so comical that no principled read on his actions is very plausible.