On MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports Wednesday, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, said of his newest Democrat, Sen Arlen Specter, "On procedural votes he'll be with us all the time."
I caught up with Sen. Specter today and asked him about what would be an extraordinary agreement, if it was indeed so. Specter merely smiled and repeated several times, "I'm going to have to talk to Sen. Reid about that."
He certainly left the impression that Reid had no cause to be so sure.
When I asked the leader about this at a briefing for reporters today, the senator appeared grumpy and would only say, "I have talked since Monday night of last week on Specter. I'm not going to talk any more about it. I have explained and re-explained and the re-explaining is over with."
Reid spokesman Jim Manley walked his boss' statement back, however, after the briefing, telling Fox that the leader was merely "hopeful and optimistic" and that, "Sen Reid never takes any votes for granted."
Specter drama just keeps on rolling...