Specter of defection haunts the Republican Party

With Democrats in control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, members of the Republican Party could be forgiven for thinking that their situation could not get much worse. Last week, they found out that it could.

2nd May, 2009

With Democrats in control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, members of the Republican Party could be forgiven for thinking that their situation could not get much worse. Last week, they found out that it could.

Arlen Specter, a Republican who has represented Pennsylvania in the Senate since 1980, stunned Washington with his announcement that he was switching parties. He will run for re-election next year as a Democrat.

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