in 2004, senator arlen specter ran for reelection. i didn't vote for him, but i know a couple of fairly liberal people who did. they did because it makes them feel non-partisan and even-handed to vote for a republican every now and then. besides, they would say, "specter is a moderate."
specter was classified as a moderate mostly because he is pro-choice. specter certainly knows how to talk the pro-choice talk, but as i told at least one of my specter-leaning friends, when it comes to his record, he often just votes the republican party line, even in cases where abortion rights are at stake. my friends disagreed, they viewed his pro-choice commitment as a deeply held belief, not just political posturing. he would come through if he has to, they assured me.
i hate to say it, but i told you so.