That didn’t take long. Arlen Specter’s first two votes as a new Democratic senator were against top priorities of his adopted party and President Barack Obama. Specter left the Republican Party after figuring out he couldn’t win the GOP primary in Pennsylvania when he’s up for re-election next year. Still, he warned Obama and his new comrades he would continue to be independent-minded. And how! First he voted against the Democrat/Obama budget resolution, then he voted against a provision called “cram-down” that would let bankruptcy judges re-write terms of existing home mortgage agreements. Welcome to the party, Arlen!