Maybe it is coincidence, or maybe the 2012 elections have really forced the Republican Party to look at how it did things the past 4 years. If so, that would be an extremely welcome change.
First Gov. Nikki Haley bravely, I think, began a long-overdue public discussion about the inequities in the South Carolina public school system. She knows that's been the case for as long as she and I can remember.
I was going through schools in Berkeley County when she was going through them in Bamberg, areas that have gotten the short end of the stick, when it comes to school funding, and the students who attend those schools have suffered because of it.
Now Rep. Eric Cantor is doing the same sort of thing and is expected to make a big speech about the change in tone and focus of the GOP in Washington.
Elections have consequences, and I am as convinced today as I was before November that had the results been different, the change and tone and focus we are (possibly) witnessing today simply would not be occurring. There would have been no reason to change.
Let's just hope this is real.
I would like to have to think harder in 2014 and 2016 about who I will vote for than I did in 2010 or 2012. In those years, the GOP made it too easy to want to vote against most of their candidates. I don't want that to happen again.