FRANKFORT — I tried. I really, really tried to gin up some enthusiasm for writing another column about the campaigns for statewide constitutional offices.
Kentucky is just over two weeks out from electing a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, treasurer and agriculture commissioner. (The latter two should be gubernatorial appointees instead of elected officials, but that's a debate for another time.)
Voters have some important decisions to make. The basis for making those decisions should be THE conversation of the moment. But I'm not hearing it. The reason I'm not hearing it is because the top tier of candidates in this election season just aren't inspiring their parties' bases.
Instead of the conversation I should be hearing, I'm hearing one too many ads about flip-flops, tax problems and pedicures. One too many ads morphing every Democratic candidate into a clone of President Barack Obama. One too many ads making me want to ignore all ads and all things election-related.
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So, I failed to gin up enthusiasm for another election column. I promise to be at least a bit more enthusiastic in commenting on the results after the election. And I will vote. I always vote. But for now, I will talk about things that interest me a lot more than this 2015 election from the netherworld:
■ Things such as Keeneland and the upcoming Breeders Cup races. I love Keeneland. It easily makes my top two or three places in the universe. Beauty beyond compare for a Thoroughbred racing venue. I hope my survivors find a way to scatter a few of my ashes on the track after I'm cremated.
I understand the prestige in being selected to host the Breeders Cup and the hard work involved in making the event a success. The folks at Keeneland will pull if off; they always do.
Gotta say, though, people who visit the track for the first time for the Breeders Cup (or other racing dates during this fall meet) won't experience Keeneland's true beauty and atmosphere. All those temporary grandstands get in the way, big time.
Oh, well, this fall meet will make me appreciate the track even more next spring, when it presumably will be back in its full glory.
■ Things such as Playboy's decision to go nude-free starting in March 2016. Guess fewer guys will be lying in the future when they say they buy the magazine to read the articles.
■ Things such as a self-proclaimed escort's allegations about being paid to get it on with University of Louisville basketball players and recruits. No comment here. This one speaks volumes for itself.
Seriously, folks, go vote Nov. 3. Even if the choices are uninspiring, find a way to choose one or the other. It's the right thing to do.
Reach Larry Dale Keeling at firstname.lastname@example.org.