All is quiet in Democratic presidential politics, as Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJewish groups divided over Hanukkah party at Trump hotel Colo. AG: Electoral College lawsuit could cause 'chaos' Spokesman: NY Times ignored Reid's comments in pre-election story on Russia MORE nestles in to her campaign-to-come, save for Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrump to attend Army-Navy football game Donald Trump will be president — but a President Trump may not be what voters expected Emanuel flips the bird when asked about 2020 MORE now taking shots at President Obama on his wife's behalf. But in the Republican Party, elected officials keeping their options open are making it perfectly clear that campaign season has already begun.

Note this week that:

1. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially took the reins at the Republican Governors Association, the perfect perch for a presidential wannabe, and surprised the other 2016 wannabes and GOP governors in the room with a surprise guest: President George W. Bush. Bush talked about his experiences as governor and president and took the assembled governors' questions. What does this mean? That Christie is making sure to warm up to the Bush family so that should Jeb, who is now flirting with a 2016 campaign, decide not to run, Christie will be the anointed one on the establishment side, with enthusiastic support from Bush-world. Will he earn it? Perhaps not, but its a great strategy.

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2. Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate clears water bill with Flint aid, drought relief What Trump's Cabinet picks reveal House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief MORE (Fla.) decided that post-shutdown it was time to get back in the news — but in a good way. So he gave a speech about foreign policy, something that distinguishes him from the "defunder" crowd of new, more libertarian  and Tea Party-backed Republicans who have moved away from the belief that the United States must maintain a strong internationalist posture in the world. Rubio, ever the straddler, said in his remarks at the American Enterprise Institute that the old labels are "obsolete" and that the GOP "has no strategic foreign policy view." Take that, Gov. Christie. And Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzSenate passes dozens of bills on way out of town Senate passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown Senate advances funding measure, avoiding shutdown MORE (Texas) too.

3. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is asking for his share of attention with an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal titled "How to win the Obama-Walker voters." In it Walker suggests the Republican Party need not abandon its principles in order to win over the middle, but that "the way to the center is to lead." You will be hearing more on this kind of leadership from Walker as soon as he wins his second term next November.

4. Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump stumps for Louisiana Senate candidate ahead of runoff Giuliani won't serve in Trump administration Will justice in America be Trumped? MORE (Ky.) couldn't hear one more word about Christie's front-runner status, now that the governor's won a second term in a blue state with more than 60 percent of the vote, including winning the Latino vote. Why else would Paul, when repeating that he has asked Christie to have a beer to patch up their "feud" carried out in the media, say this week to a radio host, "I have been trying to get him to go out for a beer with me anyway. So maybe you can get that organized. Or if there's a state fair, we can go for a fried Twinkie." So cheap, Sen. Paul, so cheap.

5. Cruz met with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump attends Army-Navy game Democrats unnerved by Trump's reliance on generals McCain: Tillerson ties to Putin a 'matter of concern' MORE. Cheap as well.

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