Colorful Washington characters voted out…

With the losses of Bob Barr and Cynthia McKinney in the Georgia primary, Howard Kurtz asks: “Is Washington losing its most colorful personalities?” Other “headline grabbing” personalities will be absent from the House and Senate in 2003, prompting The Hotline to exclaim (qtd. from Kurtz): “Forget the gender/investor/waitressmom/senior gap…Washington, circa 2003, is going to have a personality gap.” My question: What does colorful, “headline-grabbing” personality have to do with governing? But then that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about characters who’ll be missing from the journalistic narrative–characters always good for a headline because anything outrageous they might say becomes “news.” Perhaps the story this morning is that the voters in those Georgia districts showed good sense. But it’s difficult to write a snappy headline with such material.