Turns out Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania senator who jumped the aisle to become a Democrat in 2009, is a sensual man. "Arlen Specter's Memoir: The Five Steamiest Passages" is the headline of an Amanda Terkel Huffington Post article that really delivers. Excerpts:

Once, during lengthy waits for massages while we used a temporary gym in the Dirksen Building, I was walking undressed to the last table. Another senator, also naked, walked briskly, perhaps at a slight run, and slipped in ahead of me. That was something that senators just don't do.

We were sitting virtually knee to knee in the cramped bus, and [Sarah Palin] radiated sensuality. Her skirt rode above her knees—not exactly short, but close.

Specter also describes hanging out in the whirlpool at the Senate gym when Ted Kennedy climbed in with him: "Kennedy was one of the Senate's giants, in many ways. It was as though a gigantic walrus had plunged into the sea, causing the level to swell." Arlen Specter: man of sensuality, describer of bodies. [HuffPost, image via AP]