Arlen Specter's announcement that he has decided to come out of the closet has caught few by surprise. There were tale tell signs. He never seemed comfortable in his own skin, sure of who he was. It was as if he were playing a roll but he couldn't identify with the character.
Its better this way. The constant rumors and speculation concerning Arlen's "preferences" must have been a burden. Always having to make excuses, always looking wistfully, longingly at "the other side."
It's okay, Arlen. We're ready to let you go.
Update The reaction is coming in so here are some selected quotes:
RS McCain "Exit lying. One less member of the Senate Republican "Jellyfish Caucus." Specter reminds me of the high-school slut trying to sleep her way to popularity -- a weak reed, blown by the shifting winds. The fact that the national GOP apparatus lined up behind this venomous crapweasel in 2004 is all you need to know about what a worthless waste of time the national GOP apparatus was during the Bush/Mehlman era."
Don Surber, “Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania changes parties. He will remain a Democrat. It is just that from now on, he will admit it.”
Ed Driscoll, "An ever-stalwart conservative icon remains loyal to Specter, despite his move (further) to the left: Andrew Sullivan dubs the Democrat “my kind of Republican in many ways.”
Vodkapundit Stephen Green suggests that, “ Either Harry Reid offered him something juicy, or Specter developed a conscience. You make the call!”
Well, it doesn't appear that Arlen will be missed. But then, how can you miss something you never really had?
h/t The Other McCain, Don Surber, Vodkapundit and Ed Driscoll