Mike Huckabee's daughter Sarah had a backstage look at the candidates' route to Thursday night's debate stage. They arrived via elevator, all in one tie-filled car.

There is a lot happening in this picture.

Scott Walker, at left, appears giddy, checking out the ceiling. Marco Rubio, behind him, is eyeballing Jeb Bush, who's talking to John Kasich, probably about the travails of governing a key swing state. Next to Kasich, Ben Carson, Chris Christie (in the middle), Huckabee and Ted Cruz are chatting about ... what would those four talk about? Probably the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And then there are Rand Paul and Donald Trump. Cruz and Huckabee have their backs to the junior senator from Kentucky; Paul has a sly smile, as though he's already looking forward to unleashing the fusillade that he directed at Trump before the questioning even began. And Trump, his signature coiff glowing, has a smirk. He's standing under the Cleveland Cavaliers logo and, though I suspect he's not a huge NBA fan, may be thinking that he's about to be the Golden Haired Warrior that wins the championship on the other guys' home turf.

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I like to think that Trump walked in first, stood in that corner, and laughed to himself about how shoddy and low-class the elevator was. But politics isn't that neat.

In another photo, we see him chatting with Jeb Bush, and Bush -- remarkably! -- smiling in response. Rubio tries to peek in, as does Christie. Kasich grins in the background.

So, really, this is the more accurate picture. Trump, just one of ten guys, nervous and thinking, probably, what a place to be. What a place to be.

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