Specter Switches, Says He’ll Still Oppose Card Check, Then What?
There’s nothing worse for an economy than uncertainty. Today, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has thrown large swathes of America’s struggling economy into a guessing game, with his announcement that he plans to switch parties from Republican to Democrat.
While he has indicated that he would not switch his vote on cloture against the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), he will likely be under pressure from his new fellow Democrats and organized labor to switch that vote, as The American Spectator‘s Phil Klein notes. However, Specter will also be under pressure from businesses in his state, and his stating now that he would maintain his opposition to EFCA could be intended to preempt pressure from his new pro-union allies.
Here’s hoping for the latter scenario. What Specter’s switch means for his other votes, however, is anyone’s guess.
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