What's this all about?
For Specter . . . personal power . . . he wants to keep his Senate seat and faced a serious threat from conservative Pat Toomey in the 2010 primary. Toomey, without the support of GOP leadership, almost defeated Specter in 2004. Specter must have seen the writing on the wall.
For the Democrats . . . 59 Senators in their caucus and counting. Al Franken in Minnesota would make a filibuster-proof majority and effectively give them total control of the federal government.
For the Supreme Court . . . assurance that any liberal appointed by Obama will sail through without a fight. Conservatives (and Republicans) will have no chance to stop the freight train and whatever slim chance may have existed there is now no chance to overturn Roe v. Wade in our lifetimes. Someone once said, it is all about abortion.
For the GOP . . . hopefully, a wake-up call. Specter should not have been coddled in the party in the first place. He's a liberal and doesn't belong. Other liberals don't belong either. And now, without the possibility of a filibuster anyway, why continue to coddle the others. The Republican Party needs to stand for something . . . conservatism. It should be something more than a label.
Maybe it will be again one day.