How's Arlen Specter feeling about things?
If you listen to him, just ducky. Everything's good in the world.
That doesn't mean his homecoming isn't without problems. And it will be the job of David Gregory and Bob Schieffer to get past all the spin and probe as Meet the Press and Face the Nation secured the most wanted guest of the week.
They'll certainly talk about Specter's disillusionment with the Republican Party leading to his decision to bail. That's one way to put it, anyway.
They could also bring up that polls showed Specter had zero chance of winning in next year's Republican primary thereby ending his political career.
Regardless, Republicans aren't thrilled with the prospects of the upcoming filibuster-proof senate despite the game face of their de facto leaders.
"This is ultimately good," proclaimed Rush Limbaugh. "You’re weeding out people who aren’t really Republicans." The talk show host went on to suggest that Specter take John McCain and daughter Meghan with him.
The other de facto leader of the Republican party -- Michael Steele -- agreed with the first de facto leader.
Specter's decision was a "cold, crass political calculation by a senator who could not get reelected through a nominating process in the Republican Party," he said.
If you're a Democrat, you like him more now. But there are limits. Like that deal Harry Reid gave Specter for changing party affiliation: you switch teams, you keep your seniority.
"I won't be happy if I don't get to chair something because of Arlen Specter," Barbara Milkulski said.
Rather than face a revolt, Reid caved and is now letting the Democratic caucus decide what to do with Specter's seniority.
“We’re going to do as we do every new Congress and pass an organizational resolution that will determine where everybody stands and that will give him an opportunity to find out who his pals are in the Senate,” Reid said at a National Journal breakfast.
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