Republican Eric Cantor might help pass the new Voting Rights Act that was introduced on Thursday. He traveled to Selma with John Lewis for a recent anniversary, and while many Republicans live in gerrymandered, increasingly monolithic districts, Cantor does not. Almost one out of five of his constituents are African-American.
So cynics might say it all comes back to politics. But if the democratic will of a diverse electorate drives the GOP Majority Leader to act, it’s a reminder of why this nation fought so hard to ensure everyone had the right to vote in the first place.