John Cassidy takes out the popcorn:
Making a grave tactical error, Gingrich tried to remain above the fray in Tampa, dismissing Mitt’s attacks as beneath him. The format of the debate didn’t help him either. For reasons that still aren’t clear—a request from the Romney campaign?—the NBC organizers told the audience to keep quiet. As far as Newt was concerned, this was like asking a Roman gladiator to do battle in a silent Coliseum. In Myrtle Beach and Charleston, it was obvious, even on television, that he was feeding off the energy of the Republican audience. In tonight’s debate, which starts at 8 P.M., expect to see the full Newt.
Gingrich tested out new attacks on the trail today:
The former House speaker went onto to assail Romney for harping on Gingrich’s work for mortgage lender for Freddie Mac when Romney himself owns Freddie Mac stock. "He owns a Goldman Sachs subsidiary that forecloses on Floridians. He is surrounded by lobbyists who are paid by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to stop reform," said Gingrich following an enthusiastic Tea Party rally in Mt. Dora, Fla. "And on that front, he decides to lie about my career?"