A good analysis of what Arlen Specter’s defection means for the Republicans:


In brief: Bad things.  So far the Republicans have reacted to Obama by elbowing each other to rush rightward, embracing ever more closely the policies that got them tossed out in November.   

There’s a new GOP waiting in the wings, based on people like Meghan McCain.  But it won’t get a chance to revitalize the party till the old guard dies off.