Opening Act: Buzz

Congratulations to Ben Smith, who has a kind of knack for this whole “leave established company for scrappy startup” thing.

This is awful cheeky of Newt.

Mr. Sununu told the newspaper, The Union Leader, that Mr. Gingrich supported a tax increase deal that the first President Bush made with Democrats in 1990, then reversed himself. The newspaper, quoting a source identified as “a senior aide in the Gingrich campaign,” elaborately rebutted this account.

Mr. Hammond said the source was actually Mr. Gingrich, who did not want to be identified to avoid the impression he was getting into a fight with the Romney camp.

Douthat is skeptical about Newt’s ability to shame Obama into defeat by drubbing him in debates.

Ron Paul surges, yet still gets the least debate time.