Washington, DC will be a slightly less wondrous vision next January. Oh, the Capitol and the White House will still grace Pennsylvania Avenue; the Washington Monument will continue to look as if it is piercing the heavens; the Vietnam Memorial will still bring many of us of a certain generation to tears with its wall of names. But Mary Bono Mack will be gone.
Mary Bono is likely the loveliest woman to ever be elected to the House of Representatives. She was married to Sonny Bono; when he died in a skiing accident in 1998, she was elected in a special election to replace him. Her district steadily became more Democratic, and last week, she lost her bid for re-election.
This year, Bono Mack decided to help her husband Connie Mack win a Florida Senate seat in his race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. It turned out to be a quixotic quest. In the meantime, the challenger for her own California House seat made a point of campaigning against her because she was spending all of her time in Florida. So she gave up her Congressional seat for love.
Do not give up hope, fellow C-SPAN devotees. There is a rumor that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014 may be challenged by Ashley Judd. Talk about the tortoise and the babe.