Mark Block, the Marlboro man of Herman Cain’s bizarro budget campaign video, insists there’s no symbolism in the cigarette smoke he blows at the camera. But our colleague Paul Farhi isn’t buying it: “Block’s smoking telegraphs defiance and independence. . . Block, and by extension Cain, may be keeping it real for both nicotine slaves and those who don’t like to see them pushed around.”
In other news: Ruth Madoff says she and Bernie tried to commit suicide — with Ambien — as their Ponzi scheme collapsed, but it didn’t work. . . Judge refuses to dismiss John Edwards charges, clears way for trial.