It’s dusk on Thursday, November 3, and the bar at the Embassy Suites in downtown Washington is hopping. Traveling salesmen, their collars loose, order Bud Light. But in the middling Italian restaurant near the lobby, the dining room is empty, save for Mark Block and Linda Hansen, Herman Cain’s senior political advisers.
At a back table, Block and Hansen are drinking bad coffee. Their iPhones are charging in the corner. A waitress brings over menus. But the pair isn’t hungry. All they want is a shot of caffeine — and to stop talking about Politico.
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