Castellanos: Republicans Need Dull

The duller and and more innocuous the candidate the GOP nominates, the better their chances of beating President Obama. So says Republican operative Alex Castellanos.

Last election, Obama had George Bush to run against. This time, Davids Plouffe and Axelrod will have to create a George Bush. They will have to run the most negative campaign in modern history. So, somewhere in their political lair tonight, Axelrod and Plouffe are lighting candles, praying for the success of Newt.

Anywhere in America where George Bush had a favorable rating under 35%, Obama won. Elsewhere, he lost. Cleverly, Republicans had engineered a contest where that was a small slice of the country. This election, with Democratic blue states like Florida, North Carolina and Virginia returning to Republican red and unemployment higher than any president who has won re-election has suffered, Obama needs a similarly unpopular opponent.