Just when things were beginning to settle down a bit for Mitt Romney’s campaign, he’s going to do something else strange and not exactly helpful: appear in Las Vegas next week for what sounds like a low-dollar fundraising event with Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich. Yes, Mitt is headed to a battleground state to hang out with the ever-unrepentent birther The Donald and with the former candidate whose financial status just screams “fiscal discipline,” Mr. Gingrich.

I wonder if when Newt’s in Vegas he’ll pay a courtesy call on his former Sugar Daddy Sheldon Adelson. If so Sheldon might ask why his former serf is rubbing elbows with one of his competitors for convention business.

It’s all pretty strange, but no stranger than the fact that Trump and Gingrich both once led polls as the candidate most likely to stand where Mitt is today: putting up with the bad company a “presumptive nominee” must keep.

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.