A friend emailed - - -
I’m flummoxed. Looks like Specter and Reid made a Faustian bargain, which I can’t sort out: I will switch Parties if you allow me to keep my seniority (Specter tempting Reid), or if you switch Parties I will allow you to keep your seniority (Reid tempting Specter).
So if it’s Reid, then Sen. Specter (now D-PA) will get a plum committee chairmanship, but the party faithful will revolt. And if it’s Specter and he gets moved to the back of the Dem seniority line, then he’ll filibuster with the Republicans (i.e., vote his conscience).
I guess it’s what happens when devils make deals.