Filibuster Proof, Bitches: Another Take on Specter's Switch

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Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to switch parties means that when Sen. Franken is seated the Democrats will have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. (And make no mistake Franken will be seated, so give it up already Coleman - I mean have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?) Specter, 79, a longtime moderate voice in the party was facing a tough reelection in 2010, and clearly decided to abandon a ship that was on an increasingly conservative course out of the mainstream.

The bigger problem for the GOP is that if a north eastern moderate Republican like Specter is abandoning the party because he feels he can't get reelected, does this mean that the GOP is really ceding the north east for a generation?