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May 17, 2010
By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Arlen Specter, an 80-year-old Senate warhorse, is facing a tough Tuesday tomorrow when he and Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak go head to head in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary. Most likely, he will lose, and that will be a good thing--he was on the wrong side of too many showdowns, and besides, his time is past.
Specter, a recently converted Democrat, ran and won five times as a Republican senator--meaning that he took his seat 30 years ago in 1980. This is surely the political horse race to watch, but not only because of the strange specter of switching parties mid-stream.