The Campaign Spot

Too Late to Go Back Now, Arlen

Oh, Arlen.

At times, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has wondered if he should have stayed a Republican.

For three decades, Specter prided himself on being a coalition builder, relishing a self-appointed role as a liaison striving to find the moderate solutions to liberal and conservative extremes.

Now as a Democrat, that role has vanished. For that reason alone, Specter has questioned his storied party switch.

‘’Well, I probably shouldn’t say this,’’ he said over lunch last month. ‘’But I have thought from time to time that I might have helped the country more if I’d stayed a Republican.’’

Meanwhile, Pat Toomey is touting the SpecterSwitch.