Old habits are hard to give up, and that seems especially true for newly-minted Democratic Senator Arlen Specter.
As he entered the chamber through the Republican side for a vote on an amendment to a war funding bill, he stopped at the Republican desk where aides put information about the pending measure.
Democratic Senator John Kerry, standing by the Democratic desk, called out across the chamber to Specter: “Arlen, Arlen, we’re over here!”
Specter looked up from the desk and, with a sheepish grin on his face, walked over to the Democratic side of the Senate chamber.
And even though he has made it clear that he will not always vote with his new Democratic friends, Specter did vote with them to reject a Republican amendment that would have stripped out President Barack Obama’s request to extend up to $108 billion in credit lines to the International Monetary Fund.