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 PaulGOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood Trump: ‘I cannot imagine’ GOP senators don’t back healthcare bill Sunday shows preview: Senate healthcare debate heats up MORE (R-Ky.) picked a bad time to be slammed with a new plagiarism charge, and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood Trump: ‘I cannot imagine’ GOP senators don’t back healthcare bill Trump making calls to senators on healthcare bill 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 ObamaTrump breaks with tradition, forgoes Ramadan dinner Trump: 'Why no action' from Obama on Russian meddling? Dems look to defense bill to put pressure on Trump 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 LeeGOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood Trump: ‘I cannot imagine’ GOP senators don’t back healthcare bill Trump called Cruz to press him on ObamaCare repeal bill: report 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.