The Post is reporting that Sen. Arlen Specter has decided to become a Democrat:

“Specter’s decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next senator from Minnesota. (Former senator Norm Coleman is appealing Franken’s victory in the state Supreme Court.)

‘I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary,’ said Specter in a statement. ‘I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.’

He added: ‘Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.'”

I guess there’s definitely no chance of Chris Matthews running in PA for senate. Huffington Post has Specter’s full statement. Philly’s City Paper declares this an opportunistic move.