"We'll cross that bridge when we get there," Graham said, when asked about a possible challenge from Ravenel, noting that he and his team are focused on the primary. "He comes from a fine family," Graham added.
Asked if he'd seen Southern Charm, Graham laughed. "I'll wait to read the book," he said.
Ravenel's behavior on the show thus far hardly meshes with a man planning a political comeback. In the first episode of the series, the 51-year-old drinks heavily with his friends while hitting on a bevy of women half his age, searching for the perfect political wife, before bedding one of them. "I normally don't have a thing for redheads," he reflects the next morning. "My intuition said "'no,' but maybe my little head was saying 'yes' because she was hot."
He follows up later at the dinner table with a joke about his cocaine arrest. "I didn't have a problem with cocaine. What I realized later is I just really liked the smell of it," he says.
After a friend pulls him aside to talk about getting more serious about his political future — insisting, "Bro, no more coke jokes" — Ravenel responds that he has to be true to himself.
"If I want to be out there and swim with some cute girls, I'm going to do it.... I say f--k public perception," he says. "To thine own self be true and as night follows day, thou canst be false to another man. That's Macbeth." (It's actually Hamlet, and while not a perfect quotation, the man had been playing polo and drinking all day, so points for the attempt.)
"Macbeth would never be elected today with that f--king advice," friend and fellow cast member Whitney Sudler-Smith retorts.
"Well, then I won't be elected," Ravenel says.
His friend and political consultant, Will Folks, who also appears on the show, says that's just Ravenel. "There is no obfuscation when it comes to interacting with Thomas Ravenel. There is no confusion over where he's coming from," Folks told National Journal.
That kind of honesty appeals to voters, and particularly conservatives, he argued, calling Ravenel a "Southern Bulworth."
"The guy is ideologically in line very much with the growing fiscal-conservative, social-libertarian movement. His ideology is right. His personal life is a little bit out there, but he always says he's got two out of three and two out of three ain't bad," Folks said.
It should be noted that Folks, a former Sanford press secretary, is the conservative Palmetto State blogger who earned his 15 minutes of fame when he claimed in 2010 that he had had an extramarital affair with now-Gov. Nikki Haley. Haley has always denied the accusation, and the claims were never proven to be true.
Should Ravenel mount a bid for office this year — and that's far from a certainty — Folks said that he won't walk away from his arrest record. Both men are libertarians and believe that what Ravenel did should not have been illegal in the first place. "I think his view is what he did was circumstantially wrong — meaning, it was a lapse of judgment based on his position — but that it is an action that is not inherently wrong and should not be policed by the governmental authorities. And I agree with him a hundred percent on that," Folks said.