With the media intensely consumed by backstabbing in political books and strategy for a presidential election that is three years away, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) picked a good time to be reelected by a large margin.

Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWill justice in America be Trumped? Brexit leader Farage pushing US-UK trade deal to Trump Senate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk MORE (R-Ky.) picked a bad time to be slammed with a new plagiarism charge, and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzFiorina to meet with Trump on Monday Trump picks Goldman Sachs chief for top economic adviser: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Texas) picked the worst time to be sliming in birther waters yet again.

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Christie is now the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2016. He proves the case for Republicans winning by returning to Ronald Reagan's big-tent GOP and purging the party of the weirdos and nut cases of the far far right.

Paul needs to upgrade his staff. Whoever is writing his material is going to paint the Paul name with the perjury brush, because the charge, fair or not, is starting to stick. I do not personally think it is fair. Paul is sloppy, not dishonest, but he is not ready for prime time.

Regarding the ubiquitous Cruz, the good news he is getting his wish and becoming a household name; the bad news is his name is about one-half as popular as Barack ObamaBarack ObamaDonald Trump will be president — but a President Trump may not be what voters expected American astronaut John Glenn helped others rise all his life Obama to appear on 'The Daily Show' with Trevor Noah MORE at Obama's low.

I can't wait for Matt Drudge to put a banner headline on his website about the collapsing numbers of Cruz the next time he banners the weakening numbers of Obama.

The recently obsequious Cruz has been telling Republican senators, who regard him with as much respect as they offer Saddam Hussein, that he will not support primary election challenges against him.

Notice Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeSenate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk Overnight Healthcare: Medical cures bill finally heads to White House Overnight Energy: Trump taps EPA foe to head agency | Energy reform bill officially dead MORE (R-Utah), now in trouble back in Utah, running faster than a greyhound at a Miami dog race, away from Cruz. Meanwhile Cruz, once accused of being disqualified by birth for the presidency, is now running away from his father, an argument against home schooling, who has now made birther comments against Obama.

Compared to Paul and Cruz, Barack Obama, who is not having his best month, looks like George Washington. And Christie, who is having his best month, looks like a Republican Winston Churchill, which I suggested in a column in The Hill months ago.