Posted Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at 12:37 PM
A radio show was calling me to talk CPAC; I had to head outside. The noted blogger and commentator Robert "Stacy" McCain was walking out as I walked in. "Are you going to Mark Block's office?" he asked.
This was what he meant.
"I'm surprised to see you smoking!" I said.
"The cigarette is smoking," he said. "I'm just here."
His old candidate was still in the hotel, making himself available for photos, inspiring a line that stretched all around the mezzanine. It's quite hard to find CPACers who didn't once like Cain, and now have to settle for a candidate.
"The candidates I've liked have been knocked out basically in the order I liked them," grumbled Nate Schultz, an engineer from Huntsville, Alabama. "Cain did well, and then that dirt got dropped on him."