After losing five terms’ worth of seniority for bolting from the Republican Party, Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., is slowly gaining it back.
Thursday morning, Mr. Specter leapfrogged six senators in the Judiciary Committee seating order and had the fourth best Democratic chair at a meeting to mark up legislation. Mr. Specter said the move is only part of a process to restore his standing as if he were elected as a Democrat in 1980.
Indeed, Mr. Specter still ranks behind three Judiciary Committee senators who were elected after him — Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Herb Kohl, D-Wis.