Former Sen. Arlen Specter, whose 30 years in the Congress included a late switch from Republican to Democrat, died Sunday. He was 82.
Specter has been sick since late August and died in his Philadelphia home from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, said son Shanin.
Specter startled fellow senators in April 2009 when he announced he was switching to the Democratic side, saying he found himself "increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy."
Earlier in the year, he had been one of only three Republicans in Congress -- and the only one facing re-election in 2010 -- who voted for President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill.
He also said he had concluded that his chance of defeating a GOP challenger in the 2010 party primary was bleak. But he said the Democrats couldn't count on him to be "an automatic 60th vote" to give the party a filibuster-proof majority.
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For me, Specter's great accomplishment was his ability to switch parties when the GOP had ceased to be the party of Lincoln and had degenrated to its present state of right wing hysteria. I know that our Republican friends on this forum will say he only turned to the Democrats because it had become obvious he could not be re-elected as a Republican. Maybe. Be that as it may, I see it as a very courageous thing to do. Would that more moderate Republicans would see the light.
they are saying that for 20 years Specter was the man most responsible for shaping SCOTUS.
I am bitter that our once great SCOTUS is now so highly disregarded by global constitutional experts that its actions are routinely ignored. It is other nations courts which are looked to for quality decisions.