Mitt Romney (l) and Sen. John McCain (R): McMitt. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

“They found political communion,” Balz reports, which is the campaign equivalent of “canoodling.”

Dana Milbank, though, says not all is champagne and roses for the happy couple: “an impatient McCain...checked his watch” during Romney’s remarks; Romney “ignored” McCain’s belated congratulations on winning the Iowa caucus.

Another pair of cozy besties, says our colleague Paul Kane, is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). But wait...their longtime friendship might be in danger. “Will they train their fire on each other or combine their attacks on Romney?” Kane ponders.

Tune in for another episode.

Elsewhere, politicians surely will want to take note of this development by scientists in “temporal cloaking,” which, according to our colleague David Brown, is “a place where objects are invisible and events are unrecorded.”

Sounds like the ultimate version of “off the record.”