Searching for Mr. Right
Neither Giuliani nor Romney closed the deal at CPAC, and McCain didn't even show up.
CPAC organizers are convinced Sen. McCain did not speak because he didn't want TV footage to show him "pandering" to the GOP's conservative base. Instead, his aides tried to book a room at the Sheraton to host a reception where their man could mingle with attendees behind closed doors. But no such room was available. "It was too cute by half and made people wonder why he campaigns as a conservative but doesn't want to be seen in public with them," American Conservative Union president David Keene told me. (link)
Actually we don't wonder at all. McCain has made it abundantly clear that he doesn't want conservatives in that "large tent" of his.
That very large, very empty tent.