I have dropped anchor in a lot of places during my sixty-three plus years on this spinning mud ball, including a couple of years in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. And while Kentucky has its share of glory hounds and kooks - Mitch McConnell, Jim Bunning, and Rand Paul leap to mind - it is still a long ways up the evolutionary ladder from Arizona.
Kentucky has been in the news over the past few days for a couple of reasons - the most recent of which was yesterday's Kentucky Derby when a 30-1 long-shot by the name of Animal Kingdom blew past the other nags to win the Run for the Roses.
The Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, was on hand to watch the race. He reportedly put some money on Derby favorite, Dialed In, whom the odds-makers picked to win at 4-1, and who finished well out of the money in 8th place.
But the Republican Beshear kept a lower profile on the preceding day. He couldn't be bothered by making a trip down to Ft. Campbell on Friday to be around when President Obama and Vice-President Biden met with the Navy Seals who took out Osama bin Laden. Obama and Biden also made time in their busy schedules to visit with a large portion of the 101st Airborne Division which is based at Ft. Campbell.
In Governor Beshear's defense, he is undoubtedly just as proud of the Navy Seals as every other good American, but he just couldn't bring himself to share the celebration of their achievement with that President.
That's okay. Beshear doesn't know much about the ponies either!