Dear Fellow Americans–
The Supreme Court is the omnipresent arbitrator of the U.S. Constitution regarding the law. The justices are appointed for life, and for any case argued before them, their word is the last word. However, the current paramountcy and structure of the court was not the original blueprint of the Supreme Court created in the founders of the Constitution.
One day shy of the 100-day anniversary of the inauguration of Barack Obama, Republican Senator Arlen Specter realigned, again, his allegiance with the Democratic Party, and declared that he would run as a Democrat in the 2010 election. This surprise announcement came 41 days after Specter emphatically stated, “To eliminate any doubt, I am a Republican, and I am running for reelection in 2010 as a Republican on the Republican ticket.”His apostasy caused surprise, dismay, and confusion within the ranks of his longtime supporters. He gave a politician’s promise, after all. Specter had a one-on-one meeting with Obama shortly before the votes were cast in the Senate regarding the $787 billion stimulus package, for which the Democrats needed three Republican defectors to pass. It would be amazingly naive to believe that Specter did not commit to switching parties either during that meeting or shortly thereafter. Amalgamate the possible promise of support from Obama and Harry Reid to bolster and give sustainability to his rapidly deteriorating political career, the ever-increasing probability of his being eliminated in the 2010 Republican primaries, and a historical penchant for jumping ship from sinking political parties, and you have described the quintessential character of Arlen Specter.