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In the Republicans worst nightmare, the powerful Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, is said to be contemplating switching to the Democratic party, or running for re-election as a Democrat in 2010. This has not been officially announced, but if it comes to pass, it will put the Democrats in a much stronger position to move their political agenda forward. It will also make Senator Joe Lieberman a lame duck.

Senator Specter has had longtime disagreements with many in his party, and has been a champion for increased medical research spending, including a large increase in the budget for the National Institutes of Health.

In fact, on his web site today this announcement was posted: "U.S. Senator Arlen Specter today introduced legislation that seeks to bridge the chasm between a basic scientific discovery and a new health treatment. The Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Act would create an independent agency dedicated to advancing science from the laboratory into practice.."

Senator Specter can expect a vicious response from his Republican "colleagues" in the House and Senate if and when he makes the official announcement that he is switching parties.

Democrats should consider sending him a welcome message at his website, so that he doesn't only hear negative comments from Republicans.

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UPDATE: The NY Times is now reporting that Senator Specter has switched parties. This is great news for President Obama, the Democrats in Congress, and hopefully for the American people if this helps usher in universal health care coverage in the US.

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John R. Moffett PhD is a research neuroscientist in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Moffett's main area of research focuses on the brain metabolite N-acetylaspartate, and an associated genetic disorder known as Canavan disease.

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Bravo to Arlen for a man of the law to leave a law... by Dusty Nathan on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 12:55:27 PM
After Specter damaged down Republicans to a doom ... by meremark on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 5:16:08 PM
for Democrats. But what it really shows is how lit... by Richard Mynick on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:13:06 PM
This is great news. There have been many things in... by E. Nelson on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:16:05 PM
Occasionally, I wondered what a seemingly decent m... by Jason Paz on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:20:45 PM
He prefers to foster the myth of public health as ... by bucketslogg on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:33:53 PM
in 2010 we the people will all be depopulated and ... by bucketslogg on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:28:39 PM
As a former Philly girl I like Arlen when he calls... by jersey girl on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 2:40:20 PM
"It just makes it that much clearer that the ... by Steven Thompson on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 3:28:13 PM
I think people are confusing themselves to think t... by Blaine Kinsey on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 3:18:57 PM
The only 'benefit' anyone will get from th... by Dennis Kaiser on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 4:15:58 PM
We can now let it play out and there are will be n... by V.Austin on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 4:58:24 PM
Gotta agree with Jersey Girl and Blaine on this.As... by chariotdrvr14 on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 6:57:17 PM
I can't say that I'm convinced that Specter's defe... by Bob Ranney on Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 10:23:06 AM