You didn’t think I was going to pass on mentioning the other presidential candidate who spoke at CPAC’s opening day, partisan that I am? Ron Paul hit McCain hard from the right on taxes, campaign finance reform, and immigration while stressing his pro-life credentials. It almost numbed the room to his deviationism on the war, though all three candidates seemed to have the hall packed with their supporters when they spoke, a shift from last year. Paul also emphasized his view of what a strong national defense entails. With Romney out, does Paul see his numbers improve as an anti-McCain protest candidate or do all those votes go to Mike Huckabee?