Ridge Not Running
The good news keeps pouring in for Arlen Specter. A day after it looked as if his Senate career had blown up in his face, with the Democrats stripping Specter of his seniority and polls showing that Tom Ridge would crush him in a head-to-head matchup, he’s been given the chairmanship of the most important Judiciary subcommittee and Ridge has announced that he won’t run.
A shame. Ridge’s beating Specter would have both been a just comeuppance for one of the most opportunistic members of the Senate — and that’s saying something — and helped restablish the Republican Moderate caucus on the Hill. Ridge instead prefers to try to affect that change from the private sector.