Flipping political parties to save his proverbial political butt...
Telling irate constituents that he didn't have to be at a town hall meeting...
It's all bound to catch up to a career politician sooner or later and, in Arlen Specter's case, that time may be now.
According to a Rassmussen poll, Pennsylvania's newest Democratic senator is now trailing Pat Toomey (R).
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Pennsylvania voters shows 48% would vote for Toomey if the election were held today. Just 36% would vote for Specter while four percent (4%) prefer a third option, and 12% are not sure.
These figures reflect a dramatic reversal since June. At that time, before the public health care debate began, Specter led Toomey by eleven.
Just 43% now have a favorable opinion of Specter while 54% offer an unfavorable assessment of the longtime GOP senator who became a Democrat rather than face Toomey in a party primary. Those numbers have reversed since June when 53% had a favorable opinion of him.
What does this all mean?
Right now, it means that Specter is in BIG trouble and his new-found allies on the Left may not be able to help him.
However, it also could be just a blip in the poll numbers, which may fall back to Specter before next year's primary.
Time will tell.