The news that US Senator Kit Bond will retire after this term is mixed for the City. The state’s senior senator has been an important resource — and friend for us in Washington, DC. His seniority and experience have helped secure support and funding for a variety of urgent issues, including transportation, housing, homelessness, and lead poisoning. There is no short-cut to replacing his voice and influence, and he will be missed.
On the other hand, as the state’s junior senator, Claire McCaskill, proves every day, smart and bold are also very good things. Sen. Bond’s announced retirement will open the door for a new voice for Missouri — and the state’s Democratic Party (the political party with majorities in both houses of Congress and control of the White House for the next four years, i.e., the party that can get things done for St. Louis and Missouri) has a talented bench of possible contenders who might become a formidable one-two punch with our Claire.