Politics | Five-term Republican Sen.
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 4/28/09, 12:00 am
With a filibuster-proof majority on the line, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has announced his plan to jump the GOP ship and join the Democrats. The move will boost the veteran lawmaker's chances of winning re-election next year. And if comedian-turned-politician Al Franken, a Democrat, wins his own hotly contested election battle against Republican Norm Coleman in Minnesota, the pair will virtually seal off the Senate against GOP opposition, and hand the Obama administration a blank legislative check in the Senate chamber.