The hottest political speculation of the morning that does not involve Sheldon Adelson’s bank account comes from Minnesota, to which Mitt Romney is suddenly racing for an early afternoon rally. And the rumor is that he’s going to get an endorsement from Michele Bachmann, who could really use help from someone with deep pockets in retiring her campaign debt.

If it happens, that would mean that the two Minnesotans who campaigned in Iowa last year like rats on amphetamines in seeking to become the “true conservative alternative to Mitt Romney” would both be in his camp. And if Bachmann does indeed join Pawlenty on the stage today to link arms with their once-common foe, TPaw might enjoy some private satisfaction at knowing the wacky rival who knocked him out of the race in Ames last summer has wound up exactly where he is, but behind him in line for their new master’s favor.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.