June 17, 2012

A few random thoughts following Webb Simpson’s surprising victory at this year’s U.S. Open:

Have to admit seeing Jim Furyk’s duck hook on 16 was more like something you’d see at a Goodboys Invitational from the likes of Ron “Cubby” Myerow or Steve “Killer” Kowalski more than a PGA pro in the thick of things at a final round at the U.S. Open. Bizarre, yes, but that’s what pressure will do to ya. The only tournament with bigger pressure than a U.S. Open is – you guessed it – a Goodboys Invitational.

The big winner this weekend, of course, was the Olympic Club golf course. Not only was it a stern test for the best golfers in the world, it was a beautiful course to watch golf played on. After Rory McIlroy’s runaway 16-under winning score at last year’s soggy Congressional, the USGA warned everyone that the 2012 edition would be a whole different ballgame, and it was. Next year, when the Open is back East at Merion outside Philadelphia, they’ll be nervously watching what the weather forecast will be like again.

Tiger Woods can talk all he wants about “making progress” and needing to “improve his putting” but Colin Montgomerie had it exactly right on Golf Channel’s post-round coverage: he’s very erratic and inaccurate from 50 to 125 yards out, and his game isn’t going to good enough to win another major until he learns ball control. You want to make more putts and more birdies, Tiger? Get the ball closer to the hole from that distance out. And work on your sand game.

Everyone’s talking about the wacko who interrupted Bob Costas’ interview with Simpson at the awards ceremony. My question is, where on God’s earth was the security? What would have happened if the guy had some kind of weapon? I hope the cops beat the crap out of him (accidentally, of course) on the way to the police jail. Lemme tell you, this country is full of sick people.

You look at the sheer number of young American golfers ascending like Keegan Bradley, Bill Haas, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, etc. and look across the pond to see only Rory McIlroy. You gotta think the Americans’ chances at the Ryder Cup for the next decade of matches is going to be pretty secure.

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June 16, 2012

A few random thoughts on a hot June weekend:

Here in the Valley of the Sun we’ve officially entered monsoon season, but in reality you really don’t notice it until after July 4 has come and gone. The first indications of the monsoon are seeing the clouds start stacking up over the Superstition mountains to our east and whatever other mountains they’re called to the north. And you’ll also see days where the hot westerlies are replaced by equally-hot winds from the east. Neither of those have happened yet – the clouds we’ve seen to date are just wispies and the sky is that shimmering azure that you only see around here when the temps are well over 100.

The pool hit 90 for the first time on Thursday, right on schedule. Funny how it takes the better part of six weeks for the pool to climb from the high ’70s to the nineties; come October when the temperature god flips the switch it will take only a week or two to make the opposite transition.

The U.S. Open is always the hardest test of professional golf’s four majors, but this year’s edition at San Francisco’s Olympic Club is something else altogether. Between the beauty of the course and the level of precision golf that is required, it is absolutely must viewing for the golf fan 9and the not-so-much golf fan) out there.

If you want my opinion, Fox News’ Martha McCallum and Megyn Kelly are the two hottest babes on TV these days. No matter what they wear and what colors they puts on (Martha seems partial to reds, Kelly seems to lean towards blues and purples) they never fail to impress.

The Beach Boys have added a concert in Phoenix to their schedule for July 7. I may just have to take that one in. They sounded pretty damned good yesterday morning on Good Morning, America.

Put me down as unimpressed by President Obama’s decision to grant amnesty and work permits to up to 800,000 people who are here in the country illegally. Two questions: 1) I wonder if the Department of Labor will now add this new pool of people into the mix when they’re computing their monthly unemployment numbers (don’t count on it), and 2) wonder what Joe six-pack residing in “swing states” like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio will think about that? (I’m guessing not much).

Politically, while the Obama decision might be seen as politically expedient after 1 1/2 months of bad news all around and shrinking approval and poll numbers, I’m guessing this move backfires in a big way as time goes by. What I am surprised at is this kind of decision being made in mid-June rather than, say, in October, or during the upcoming Democratic convention. I’m guessing it shows just how dire a situation the Obama campaign see itself as being in at this point in time.

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June 14, 2012

bb501 Very excited to hear that The Beach Boys new CD, That’s Why God Made The Radio is debuting at the highest position ever for a Beach Boys album of original material on the Billboard charts:

The Beach Boys’ 50th Anniversary reunion celebration is well underway with a major international tour, and the iconic band has another big reason to celebrate this week with their highest-ever Billboard albums chart debut. Their 29th studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, debuts today at number 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. The acclaimed new album, released June 5th by Capitol/BRI, sold 61,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week.

While The Beach Boys have achieved Top 10 chart success with several albums, they have never had an album debut in Billboard’s Top 10 until now. The band’s last new studio album to peak in Billboard’s Top 5 was 1965’s Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!!), which climbed to number two after its release, and their most recent Top 5 Billboard Albums chart hit was in 1974 for their Endless Summer hits compilation, which topped the chart at number one.

I can’t imagine how pleased the band must be feeling about this, most especially their leader, Brian Wilson, who must really be feeling jazzed about being at the top of the charts again. As a long-time and die-hard fan it’s really wonderful to, in some small way, be able to share in the excitement of not just a new Beach Boys release, but a successful one at that. I can honestly say I never thought I’d see this ever happen again!

I have to admit that, probably like most fans, I was a bit apprehensive when the news of a new album being recorded was first announced; I was afraid what we’d get was some mish-mash of sub-par material sung by a band sounding long past its prime and missing the essential sound of Carl Wilson’s voice in the mix. Turns out those fears were unfounded – the new CD is, even if uneven in spots, a fine mix of happy summer sounds to kick the album off and some gorgeous, albeit melancholy selections to close it out.

My own mix of the album is even better sounding than the formal release, as I’ve added the re-recording of “Do It Again” (which deserved to be on the album) and two selections from Al Jardine’s recently-released “A Postcard From California” CD featuring Carl Wilson, Brian Wilson, and David Marks that really fit nicely into the TWGMTR mix. Frequent commenter Jana and my old Top Priority band mate Jerry “Keys” Palma will soon find out just how good this mix sounds!!

After listening to “That’s Why God Made The Radio” for the better part of a week now, I have to say I like it even more than I did upon my initial review. The title track has a grunting Moog bass buried down in the mix which is cool, “The Private Life Of Bill And Sue” is my second favorite tune on the album (who else but Brian Wilson could come up with a “bom, badda yadda yo, badda yadda yay” background for the chorus!), and the Mike Love selections are not nearly as tepid as I thought they were. It’s a perfect summer album for 2012, and even without Carl’s voice the band sounds both fresh and modern. It’s a great coda to a wonderful career, and I’m glad the remaining guys were able to pull it all together for one last blast.

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June 11, 2012

Amazing how fast this year is flying by. It seems just like yesterday I was doing my diet to kick the New Year off and then meet the Goodboys in Vegas for our annual post-Super Bowl week go-round. Now here we are, just a little more than a week away from the longest day of the year, we’re just weeks away from the start of monsoon season, and the forecasters at Accuweather.com are already speculating about what an El Nino winter is going to mean for us here in the West and Southwest.

Actually, it seems to me we’re already seeing a slight increase in our humidity levels, as during my post-walk swim tonight I kept getting whiffs of Texas sage, which always responds to a little humidity with its familiar, musky smell. The limes on our lime tree are coming along, although it doesn’t look like the same kind of bumper crop we had last year.

Without Daylight Savings Time out here it’s already bright, though not sunny, at five o’clock in the morning. It torks the rabbits off because now they know that, even though their room is filled with light they still have a couple of hours to wait before their morning treats, banana slice, and breakfast.

And you always know the year is moving along as preparations for Goodboys Invitational weekend begin to kick into high gear. The occasional golfers in the group will start thinking about hitting the driving range for the first time, and e-mails between various Goodboys indication pigeon sheet bets have started filling my hime e-mail inbox.

The longest days also mean it’s nearly time to start paying attention to the tropics – something I’m sure Rob dreads, especially after a couple of years of light hurricane activity in the Gulf. Here’s hoping for another one. Of course, here in Arizona we wouln’t mind if one of those Pacific storms hits somewhere near Baja California and brings some of their moisture this way.


For all who might be wondering, Butterscotch is doing well in her new habitat with my sister-in-law’s rabbits “the Beastie Boys”. She’s having a great time and getting all the attention she could ever ask from her two new suitors. Isn’t that what any female bun could ask for?

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June 10, 2012

You know, I get where Michelle Wie is coming from. If I were to live and die as to how I was hitting the ball on a daily basis, I’d be a freakin’ basket case. Of course, I’m not a pro and therefore don’t have to worry about how many birdies and pars I make so I can put steaks on the patio grill – if that were the case I would have given the game up a long time ago for the relative peace and quiet of being a “asset protection” greeter at Walmart.

Still, as hard as I’ve been on Michelle Wie in the past, I really understand where she’s coming from:

“I might not be playing. I might be burned out. I’m not a person who 24 hours a day can only think, live, eat and breathe golf. I’m not that kind of a person. If I did that, I might be fed up with it.”

Unfortunately, the nature of the competition out on the pro tours is that you really do have to think, live, eat, and breathe golf. That’s just the life if you choose to pursue it. It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just the way it is. Still, when you’ve completely overhauled your short game as I have, to the point where your holeing 2-4 chips every time you go out to the range, maybe I’d be a little more enthusiastic about playing – after all, 76 putts over two rounds is not going to cut it on any tour – LPGA or otherwise.

It seems Michelle Wie feels she’s lost more than a little of her childhood and growing up being pressured to play golf when all her friends are living the American experience, and it might be good for her to take a year or two off to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Then, if it were to be golf, she can come back screaming with all the innate talent she has. If she doesn’t, that’s OK, the world will still keep spinning. Hopefully, whatever she chooses, she’ll be happy. That’s my hope for her. The way I look at it, life is too damned short to focus all your attention around hitting a little white ball close to the hole unless you’re ready to commit to it 100%.

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June 9, 2012

twgmtr Having listened to The Beach Boys’ 29th official studio album (and first since 1992’s disastrous Summer In Paradise) over the past few days I’m ready to pass a little judgment on it. Before I do, however, there are a few observations I’d like to lay out beforehand:

1. The late Carl Wilson’s voice is really missed in the BB blend, but he’s gone so what can you do?

2. It’s disappointing to hear that, rather than this being a group development effort, the majority of songs appear to have been written by Brian Wilson around 2003-4 ago with former collaborator Joe Thomas as a potential sequel to Brian Wilson’s 1998 Imagination release.

3. The CD would benefit from a different sequencing of songs to differentiate the more group-sounding and light-hearted tunes from the four heavier, more personal, Brian Wilson tunes that close the album out (more on that later).

4. David Marks is a gifted musician in his own right and deserved better than the brief guitar licks he was given. Adding one of his songs would have been a nice touch and brought a little more variety to the overall mix.

But I’m quibbling here – after all, it is a bona fide, original Beach Boys release (something I never thought I’d ever have an opportunity to review again), and it deserves to be accepted and reviewed on its own merits, so here goes:

1. “Think About The Days”: a wordless, nearly a capella track with soaring, classic Beach Boys harmonies. It’s not as majestic as, say, SMiLE’s “Our Prayer”, but it certainly lets you know The Beach Boys are back. Given its somewhat wistful air, it would fit better further down the line as a break between the more light-hearted, group-centric tunes and the more serious, melancholy Brian tunes that close the album out. On my mix, their remake of “Do It Again” will open the album, and it sounds great there.

2. “That’s Why God Made the Radio”: Catchy tune with great Beach Boys harmonies and classic arrangement. To me, putting it as the opening track would have kicked the album off with a bang, whereas its placement after “Think About The Days” sounds a bit jarring. The last minute is a classic BB romp with great harmonic calisthenics. Play it once and you’ll be hearing the chorus in your head all day long.

3. “Isn’t It Time”: I’ve heard some fans say this sounds like something from their early ’70s period, but to me it wouldn’t be at all out of place on 1985’s The Beach Boys. Alan Jardine is in fine form here, as he is throughout this album; his voice more than the others sounds as strong and distinctive as ever, and it’s great to hear his voice with Brian, Bruce, and Mike again.

4. “Spring Vacation”: I really like the funky, laid-back rhythm of this tune. It’s as sweet as confetti, and a perfect backdrop to enjoying a cocktail on the patio. Personally, I would have liked to hear David Marks’ guitar given a harder edge – I think it would have made the song a little stronger. Still, the chorus is catchy and Brian’s sung “Hallelu-hoo-hoojah” (to rhyme with “Hey, what’s it to ya?”) is pure Brian. The vocals around 2:10-2:16 weave in and out in a really interesting way: it’s an arrangement that could only have come from Brian Wilson’s imagination.

5. “The Private Life of Bill and Sue”: I really like this tune. A very Brian-esque kind of lyric about reality TV, with a very catchy chorus. Funny that a lot of fans don’t seem to like this one, but I do. The falsetto in the chorus makes it for me.

6. “Shelter”: This is the most “Brian Wilson solo” sounding song on the album; it sounds like an Imagination outtake. Agree with a lot of fans where this is the one tune that begs for Carl Wilson’s voice in the chorus (sung by Jeffrey Foskett instead); Foskett’s voice is just not strong enough to carry the load. The vocal work on the last two choruses is deceptively intricate, another reminder of just how unique the Beach Boys sound is when you have them all together doing Brian Wilson arrangements.

7. “Daybreak over the Ocean”: A tune that has seen both official (and unofficial) release on previous Mike Love solo efforts. It’s a puzzler to me as to why it’s on this album. The lyrics are entirely banal, and while the harmonies are OK, they’re not as dense and they sound different from the rest of the album (primarily due to the different personnel involved). The liner notes say there are backgrounds by Brian, Bruce, and Alan, but they’re not pronounced by any means. Still, it’s pleasant enough, and Mike’s lead helps create a little variety and a sense of group involvement.

8. “Beaches in Mind”: Sounds like something Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson might have conjured up more than anything else – it’s the dreaded kind of “Margaritaville Lite” vibe that Mike Love went gaga over after the success of “Kokomo”. Other fans appear to like this tune more than I do – to me, there’s not a whole lot of “there” there, and the Mike Love lyrics are puerile at best. I think it’s the weakest song on the CD for sure, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still eminently listenable. Which it is.

….it’s here that I really think “Think About The Days” belongs, and when I re-program my own version this is where it’s going to go. Hear the remaining four songs after what has come previously and you’ll see what I mean. If this were an LP, “Think About The Days” would be a good candidate to start side 2, as it sets the proper mood for what is to come.

9. “Strange World”: A very busy Brian arrangement that unsuccessfully (at least to my ears) hides a melody that really doesn’t do much. This sounds very “90s” to me, like another Imagination follow-up. Lots of other fans seem to like it a lot more than I do – to me it’s just a little too much “Brian” and not enough “Beach Boys”. I find it hard to believe they couldn’t find better material than this, but much more interesting things are to come…

10. “From There to Back Again”: A classic Beach Boys-sounding recording that could fit easily on any of their albums starting with 1965’s Today and sound great; it has that kind of timeless sound. The song is not just one of Alan Jardine’s best vocals of his Beach Boys career, it features that oh-so-unique Brian Wilson touch that makes it a “true” Beach Boys song – a bona fide tag (featuring, no less, Jardine whistling). Magnificent, intricate vocal work, a wistful and uniquely (for The Beach Boys) mature lyric, it’s the whole package. And it sounds better with every listen.

11. “Pacific Coast Highway”: A simple, melancholy Brian Wilson tune that one could easily envision being written (and sung) by the late Dennis Wilson:

Sometimes I realize
My days are getting on
Sometimes I realize
It’s time to move along
And I wanna go home

Sunlight’s fading and there’s not much left to say

My life, I’m better off alone
My life, I’m better on my own

Driving down Pacific Coast Highway One, the setting sun


Thematically, the song takes it’s rightful place next to “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” from Pet Sounds and “‘Til I Die” from Surf’s Up with its sense of loneliness and resignation, but with a deeper sense of maturity and the passing of time. Brian’s vocal is fine, but without another distinctive voice like Dennis’ to utilize, his vocal stylings can begin to sound a little repetitive. The group’s “goodbye” vocal at the end sets the stage for the album’s closing track.

12. “Summer’s Gone”: Ushered in under a backdrop of ocean sounds, the mood is somber, even grim, lightened only by the lovely background vocals. The lyrics are equally poignant in their sense of resignation and finality:

Summer’s gone
It’s finally sinking in
One day begins
Another ends
I live them all and back again

Summer’s gone
I’m gonna sit and watch the waves
We laugh, we cry
We live then die
And dream about our yesterday

As gorgeous as the tune is, it would have been more effective (at least in my view) had it been cut about a minute shorter – it would have strengthened the overall message being conveyed. As the song ends, the sounds of raindrops on an empty beach gives the same sense of finality as the way Brian closed out Pet Sounds, with the train passing into the distance. One can’t miss the underlying message that the album’s close also signifies the close to the Beach Boys’ recording career. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but that’s the way it sounds to me.

So there you have it. If I was to grade the album, I’d say it’s the best Beach Boys release since 1979’s LA (Light Album). It’s unmistakeably a Beach Boys album in both it’s feel and sound. At it’s lighter moments, it’s fun and pleasant-sounding to the ears; when it gets more serious towards the end, the arrangements are stunning. Both Carl and Dennis Wilson are very, very missed here, and one wonders if tossing David Marks a bone wouldn’t have helped alleviate that a bit. If, in fact, “That’s Why God Made The Radio” is the group’s coda in terms of original recording, it’s not a bad way to go out. Just the fact that the group was able to come together one final time to make music together that only The Beach Boys could make is nothing short of a miracle.

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June 8, 2012

jaws Had to quick-post this excerpt from President Obama’s presser today. I’m sure all those “public sector” folks out there without jobs and underemployed will agree wholeheartedly.

It will be interesting to watch all his usual mainstream dino-media synchophants and Democrat surrogates try and spin this as anything except for a Chief Executive who is detached, disengaged, and – might I say – utterly clueless. Everyone who frequents this space knows I’m no Obama supporter, but what on earth was/is this guy thinking?? Queuing up the Romney camp’s response in 3…2…1…

Expect to see this in A LOT of ads in the coming days and weeks.

I’m really starting to question whether the guy makes it intact to the Democrat convention. Hillary supporters out there have to be seeing the train wreck that this administration has turned into. As Peggy Noonan writes, a house of cards, indeed…


[UPDATE:] Sure enough, Barack tees it up, and Mitt hits a stinger right down the middle of the fairway. God, golf should be so easy!

I think we may have just seen a (perhaps “the”?) defining moment in the 2012 election campaign. Reminds me of that scene in the movie “Tin Cup” between Kevin Costner (Roy McAvoy) and his caddie Romeo (Cheech Marin):

ROY: I’d hit that shot again because that shot was a defining moment, and when a defining moment comes along, you define the moment… or the moment defines you.

ROMEO: And the definition was sh*t.

Thanks, Barack.

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June 7, 2012

That was a pretty nice win for conservatives on Tuesday, but life goes on.

Regardless of what David Axelrod thought, Tuesday night was a pretty good night in Boston with that huge win for the Celtics. If they can close the Heat out at the Garden tonight that would really be something.

So the Phoenix-Mesa area is #2 on the Yahoo! Real Estate “places to move” in 2012 page. I guss it’s OK out here as long as you’re not a ocean person. And even if you are, the winters are pretty nice and a swimming pool is considered a must-have. The drop in house prices has leveled off and we’re even seeing a slow uptick on the average prices. So I’d have to agree with that choice.

…Of course, if I could afford it I’d definitely consider San Diego or Key West (but then again, so would just about everyone else). And Newport, RI or Portsmouth, NH wouldn’t be bad, either.

This is very awe-inspiring, and I’m not even a celestial science kind of guy.

And speaking of awe-inspiring, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the anniversary of D-Day (even if the President won’t). I know most thought they were just doing their job, but the job they were called on to do was hell on earth, and something comparatively few in this day and age would appreciate. Too many whiners and complainers in my generation and beyond.

R.I.P. Ray Bradbury. He’s known best for Farenheit 451, but I remember enjoying his book Dandelion Wine when I was in high school.

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June 6, 2012

A big victory for freedom and beleagured taxpayers everywhere with that big Scott Walker win in Wisconsin tonight. And the losers? Without a doubt, the public-sector unions who pured millions of dollars of union dues into a fight they brought on themselves. Rather than accept the decision of the people, the unions took a hissy-fit, and like some four year old in a tantrum brought on a recall battle that cost them no small amount of prestige, political capital, and money. As Michelle Malkin so aptly puts it:

Against a rising tide of rank-and-file teachers who oppose their leaders’ extremist politics, the national offices of the NEA and the American Federation of Teachers shoveled millions in forced union dues into Astroturfed, anti-Walker coffers. According the WisconsinReporter.com, strapped state affiliates also coughed up major sums to beat back Wisconsin’s efforts to bring American union workers into the 21st century in line with the rest of the workforce:

“The Ohio Education Association made a $58,000 in-kind contribution May 30, followed a day later by a $21,000 contribution from the Pennsylvania State Education Association. New York State United Teachers gave $23,000 on June 1, the Massachusetts Education Association gave $17,000 on May 31, and a group of unions based in Washington, D.C., poured in $922,000 during the past week.” Even the Alaska NEA affiliate pitched in $4,000.

There’s really one one word to describe unions like the NEA, SEIU, and AFSCME and the public-sector union movement tonight: L-O-S-E-R-S.

And it couldn’t happen to a nice bunch of people.

What does it all mean in the end? I think the editors of National Review Online got the night just about right:

And, most of all, Scott Walker saved his job by being the adult in the room. While Democrats in Washington seem to be relying on their belief that the United States government is “too big to fail” to justify a program of taxing and spending our way out of debt, the states don’t have such a luxury. And so, across the country, in states red, blue, and purple, they have turned to men like Scott Walker — and Chris Christie, and Mitch Daniels, and others — to close structural deficits, stabilize out-of-control spending, and break the death embrace between Big Labor and Big Government. In taking this toxic partnership head on, in a state with a rich progressive history no less, Walker became its biggest target. His enemies spent a year and a half preparing to take their best shot at him. And a combined total of $100 million or so later, they missed. They missed because voters are starting to understand that governing through crisis requires someone willing to make unpopular choices, stand up to entrenched interests, and hold the line against loud and determined opposition.

Of course, the big question tomorrow will be how the exit polls trumpeted early on by a frothing media (originally 50/50, then adjusted to 52/48 for Walker) could be so wrong. I’ll tell you exactly why they were wrong, but I’ll bet you’ll won’t hear it from the clueless liberal mainstream dino-media: I suspect many voters feared saying out loud that they voted for Walker due to public-sector union thugs hanging around to take names and numbers, so they lied to the pollers out of fear.

…Which squares, BTW, with an interesting story I heard from a pretty big GOP operative I happen to know here in Arizona (I won’t mention his name). This guy says his experience with polling since the 2010 midterm elections has been that people are afraid to say they’re against President Obama out of fear that: a) they’ll be accused by the pollster of being racist, or b) that their phone number will get out out and they’ll either lose their job or have their home vandalized. Call this delusional or paranoid all you want, but believe me when I tell you there’s a real fear factor out there, and you can put the blame squarely on a President who, far from being the so-called “uniter” he ran on, has done nothing but ratchet up racial, ethnic, and class divisions and hyper-polarize this country politically.

Something to keep in mind as you hear about polls going forward…

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June 5, 2012

Today is the big recall vote in Wisconsin and all eyes of the political world will be looking for every hint and sign of what the final vote will be. In the great election year of 2012 Wisconsin’s recall vote is one hell of a warm-up act for the main event coming in November – almost like that concert tour where Stevie Wonder opened for The Rolling Stones. The stakes are incredibly high, with Big Labor pouring in huge amounts of money to try and unseat Governor Scott Walker. There’s been lots of talk of the polls showing Walker with anywhere from a 5-to-7 point lead tightening in the last few days, but I don’t believe. If they were really tightening, you can bet your bottom dollar that Barack Obama would be there soaking up the airwaves. As it is, his communicated support for Walker’s opponent, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, has been nothing but a tweet. That, my friends, is what goes for political courage in this day and age.

Just wondering: is there a sitting President in recent memory who had as dismal a month as Barack Obama did? Whatever happened to that much-ballyhooed “Obama machine”? Not only has the Romney campaign shown itself to be capable of punching back, they’ve been punching back hard. Maybe I’m not the most experienced political operative out there, but when you have David Axelrod, one of the President’s senior campaign advisors, doing campaign stops and getting heckled by Romney supporters something is horribly wrong. Where are the President’s surrogates? They can’t just go on the cable network shows, they’ve got to be out there campaigning and ginning up support. Of course, why rely on surrogates when you have the big dog himself. And campaigning is all this President does. It’s a damned good thing the country and it’s economy are in such great shape!

Expect this story to get a lot of play by the Romney campaign in states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky over the next several months. You see, that’s the problem with surrounding yourself with radicals and zealots. What might sound great in, say, a university classroom or at an environmental conference, plays really bad when you’re looking at an electoral map and all those pretty states with squiggly numbers beside them.

Likewise, expect this story and this story to get a LOT of play in Florida over the coming months. What is the Obama campaign’s thinking – let’s see how many Hispanics and Cubans we can pi$$ off in the shortest amount of time possible?

Here’s something that really confuses me: if you’re truly serious about seeking re-election and sympathetic to the millions out there hurting, why would you choose to align yourself with such non-serious and elitist people as Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor Anna Wintour? That’s just begging for trouble, in my view.

Just a thought: given all the above, if the Obama campaign continues to stumble through June like they have through May, might we start seeing some groundswell of support for Hillary Clinton to ride in and save the day? Forget about the myths the mainstream dino-media have created about the Obama White House: the fact of the matter is, Ed Klein is right: it really is “Amateur Hour” there, and in fact, they’re increasingly viewed as aloof and dangerous by even Democratic Party insiders.

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