To Mark Steyn's point in his post, Packing CPAC (here,) and as I previously mentioned here- let me say unequivocally that those "cheers" were staged. Someone who would know in the CPAC organization has told me that McCain took 500 tickets for his speech. 500 tickets ......... and he filled them.
And anecdotally, I know that people were literally thrown out of there seats, asked to move. to accommodate McCain's manufactured cheerleaders.
CPAC attendees were not cheering, they were booing but they were relegated to the sides of the ballroom, no the middle where the mics and the plants were. And no one was wearing McCain pins or stickers except folks that worked for him.
Just the facts, ma-am.