Whatever the cause, things have gotten bad enough that Senator Arlen Specter, Democrat of Pennsylvania, said the Senate should be stripped of one of its illustrious institutional claims.
“This body prides itself on being the world’s greatest deliberative body,” Mr. Specter said. “That designation has been destroyed with what has occurred here the past few days.”
In other news, Rep. Joe Sestak's primary challenge to Specter from the left has really turned Specter into a model Democrat. Just check out his twitter: he opposes expanding the war in Afghanistan, supports a strong public option, talks a lot about fair trade policies, is very loudly pro-choice, and has avoided any histrionics regarding his cloture vote on major Democratic legislation. On Afghanistan he's actually outflanking his liberal challenger on the left. (To be fair, Sestak is a retired Admiral, so it makes sense. It's still somewhat remarkable, though.)
Call me a cynic, but I think it's purely because (as he has shown in the past) his principles change when he faces any sort of challenge to his seat. Specter's only principle is to get reelected.