Robert Novak claims that there is a GOP malaise running amok in the land, and the Bush White House better do something interesting or it will be swallowed by it. George Will takes note of four states, with four interesting (and black) GOP candidates (two for U.S. Senate, two for govs), and focuses on Ohio where Ken Blackwell will become the GOPs nomineee for governor. He is smart and conservative, and at a good distance from the GOP establishment (which has always been lukewarm toward him) to be to his advantage. Stric kland will run against him, but will lose. Will notes that Blackwell got between 30 and 40% of the black vote the three other times he ran for a state-wide office. This is the Blackwell for Governor site.