Dear Editor, Arlen Specter announced that he is switching parties. [Chairman of the Republican National Committee] Michael Steele's response to CNN was that Specter essentially "flipped the bird" at the GOP leadership with his decision to bolt from the party – the party he had been a member of for more than four decades. After reading the comments from Michael Steele, is there any reason to wonder why Specter changed parties? Specter was on their hit list. He was one of the last elected moderate Republicans in the Senate. (Notice there are no liberal Republicans.) On the Democratic side, there are liberal, moderate, and conservative members. The Democrats are truly the big tent party. There is no room for liberal or moderate voices in the Republican Party. For now, the true debating and discussion will be on the Democratic side.