Well. That was fast.
A day after abandoning the Republican Party for the Democrats, saying the latter better represented his political philosophy, Specter voted against President Obama's budget, which he and other Democrats have described as a manifestation of the party's political philosophy.
Specter was joined in his opposition to the president by the entire GOP. Not a single Senate Republican voted to support the budget. Sen. Ben Nelson, a conservative Democrat from Nebraska, also voted no. It passed 53-43.
In related news: Specter is still opposed to Dawn Johnsen, Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, and says a filibuster of her nomination and the Employee Free Choice Act is "under consideration."
As we said yesterday during the non-stop virtual j/o session that followed Specter's big "announcement": "There is always a Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln or Evan Bayh ready, willing and able to vote with the Republicans." Just add Arlen Specter to that list of "Democrats" who cannot be relied upon to vote "Democratic".