Blackwell revealed strong tendencies to mess up and around with the 2004 presidential election and in his duel role as Ohio's Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate in 2006. That will load him and the GOP with a lot of baggage. But there seems to be infinite forgiveness among his religious boosters. As the late Jerry Falwell once so forgivingly viewed homosexuals: ""We hate the sin but love the sinner."
If he should succeed - and Democrats should not stand in his way - the simple moral of the Blackwell story is that the GOP is prepared cast its future on an ideological agenda that was rejected in 2006 and again resoundingly in 2008. Blackwell was thumped in the gubernatorial race by Democrat Ted Strickland even though Blackwell was among friends with big-time televangelists who promised an army of preachers in the hustings to escort him to the governor's office.
Considering that there are four or five other candidates for the RNC chair, this one will be fun to watch as an exercise in demolition GOP politics.