Sam Kephart has livened my blog up with his inside observations on SDGOP politics and his speculation about the China connection to the GOED/EB-5/NBP scandal. Now Kephart's so good, he can even make Gordon Howie's blog worth watching. In this morning's rollicking "Liberty Today" video, Kephart reaffirms a point he made here last September: he says a third party is the only way to reform politics.
Kephart tells Howie that both the Republican and Democratic parties are trapped in "insiderism" and a "lack of transparency." He says trying to bolt a few conservative reforms onto the GOP platform is like putting "chocolate icing on one of [Gordon's] cowpies... it's still a cowpie!" A third party, crafted de novo, is the only practical solution.
Barely clinging to control of the interview, Howie asks Kephart, "Are you gonna run?" Kephart pauses a little longer than his previous statements have led me to believe he would, then says "There'd have to be certain conditions in place... I don't see those conditions."
Kephart asserts that he could find support for a third party among "many people on the left side of the aisle who are good patriotic fiscal conservative Americans." This practical common-ground seeking is too much for Ed Randazzo, who goes from rolling his eyes to jumping into the frame from offstage to challenge Kephart.
There ensues an amusing battle of bleeped profanity (yes! Gordon! Go for ratings!) gracing a significant political divide: Randazzo holds that third parties simply undermine real Republicans, but Kephart says, "I don't want to run as a Republican."
Kephart recalls the guff he took from Republicans in 2006 for supporting exceptions to the abortion ban on that year's ballot. Referring to Kephart's purported allies on the left side of the aisle, Randazzo retorts, "You want me to take a fiscal conservative who wants to kill babies?" Kephart replies with eminent pragmatism that an abortion ban with rape, incest and health-of-the-mother exceptions would have passed and achieved 98.5% of what the abortion ban supporters wanted. "98 and a half percent to me is better than a hundred percent of nothing."
"God wants all," says Randazzo softly.
Kephart shoots back, "We don't even havee an argument there. I'm talking about practicalities. You can be an idealist or an ideologue... there's a distinction."
An idealist or an ideologue... indeed, that strikes me as a distinction worth discussing, for any serious politicians trying to get elected and solve real problems. Thank you, Sam, for prodiving Gordon Howie with some rare good television!