Olympia Snowe represented something rare in politics these days. Class.
In 2008 when the world was waiting to find out who McCain and Obama would pick as their respective running mates, I scoured the web for contenders. Unlike many of my peers, I wasn't wildly enthusiastic about Obama and my vote hinged on the VP decision. (You can imagine what my decision was after McCain made his choice.) I thought McCain would pick a woman to appeal to the angry Hilary voters and three names popped up in my search, Carly Fiorina, who at one point worked on McCain's campaign, Meg Whitman, and Olympia Snowe.
Olympia interested me because she represented exactly what the Republican party claims to be about, small government, reasonable taxes and personal liberty. While the current Republican contenders argue over women's bodies, name-call and back pedal, Olympia Snowe was a servant to the country and not the election cycle. She even led the crossing of the proverbial aisle if it meant getting good work done.
A lot of us joke that you would have to be nuts to want a career in politics. The past few years of political candidates have proven this to be true in the worst way. When groups talk about weeding out the competition, the idea is to be left with the absolute best. Unfortunately, the cantankerous climate in Congress has weeded out one of the best. I will miss knowing that there are people like Olympia Snowe in Congress who put progress in front of politics.