Specter to Obama: Um, can I have a job in your administration?

Alternate headline: “Confirmed: Obama bribed the wrong Pennsylvania Democrat.”

Even at 80 years old, he’d rather cling desperately to power than ease into a luxe retirement. Lot of that going around these days, huh?

Sources tell ABC News that Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Penn., has informed the White House that he would like to consider remaining in public service after his senate term ends at the end of this session, and White House officials are keeping an open mind about possible job openings for him…

Sources said the job discussions are far from anything other than preliminary, and were not part of any “deal” when Specter switched parties and began supporting President Obama’s agenda in earnest. Neither the White House nor Specter had any comment.

Talk of such a job, however, has raised eyebrows among Specter’s Republican Senate colleagues who are now eyeing his votes with added scrutiny.

As Tapper notes, it’s quite a coincidence that after making so much noise about how disappointed he was in Kagan, Specter’s finally decided to vote for her. Quid pro quo, Barry. Exit question: If Crist loses the Florida Senate race, then he, Specter, and Schwarzenegger will all be unemployed next year. Why not have the White House hire all three of them and use them as a team of RINO Superfriends dedicated to touting how much more “sensible” Obama’s policies are for the press?