Surprise, surprise, surprise, as Gomer Pyle would say. Thomas Ravenel announced in a press release Tuesday that he has decided to participate in the second season of Bravo's reality series "Southern Charm."

Initially, he said he wouldn't do it. Now he's going to do it. It's acceptable for someone to change his mind ... especially when he is running for political office . and it's an election year ... and he may need campaign funds ... and he has a new baby ... and he's lost his driver's license.

Ravenel is waffling like the fries at Chick-fil-A. Let's hope this doesn't carry over into his campaign for Lindsey Graham's U.S. Senate seat.

In his statement, Ravenel said he "struggled with this decision in light of the political campaign I am undertaking" and that "it doesn't make sense to turn down a platform that enables you to spread your ideas to a bigger, more diverse audience."

Perhaps it would be advantageous to know if the 1.3 million people that watched the first season of "Southern Charm" were actually residents of the state of South Carolina. Or if the 16,500 signatures he obtained were just people that saw his rear end in a couple of those episodes.

Ravenel continued that "we've got to get rid of this notion that cookie cutter politicians with their blemish-free backgrounds are the way to go." Ah, yes. Because there are "blemish-free" politicians out there: Anthony Weiner, Rob Ford, Mark Sanford, Rod Blagojevich ... oh, wait.

Everybody loves a redemption story.