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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:32 pm

If there would be a National Association of Media Political Junkies we would join. The political watch usually isn’t dull. It can be interesting even if it’s a bit early for our next presidential election.

We believe beyond a reasonable doubt that Hillary Clinton will be the nominee for president in 2016 on the Democratic ticket. We also believe that Gov. Chris Christie will be one of the front runners for the Republican nomination. A Clinton-Christie race would be more than just interesting. It would have the potential to be a stunner!

There are early signs that both Clinton and Christie thirst for a run. Let’s call it the C-C race. Both have the energy, ambition and resources to climb the political presidential mountain.

It is common knowledge that Clinton is forming a nationwide campaign organization. Even though she hasn’t announced her intentions, she is waiting for the right time to make the announcement. Christie is honing his campaign wagon for another run for governor of New Jersey, but at the same time, according to reports, is working on a doubles wagon, the second nationally for a presidential run. He is structuring a 50-state fund-raising network, according to The New York Times.

We can visualize it now. Christie is going to run against Clinton’s establishment seat and her baggage, much of which she and husband Bill amassed in Arkansas, Washington, D.C., and New York. Christie has an appeal to the average voter. He comes off as more blue collar than white shirted. The Clintons used politics to become multimillionaires. The carpetbaggers no longer have to ride the bus.

Of note is that The New York Times already has a full-time reporter whose news beat is Hillary. Reporter Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame wrote a well-regarded biography of Hillary, “A Woman in Charge.” He told the Public Editor of The Times, Margaret Sullivan, that Hillary is “really difficult to get a reportorial handle on.” She tries to write her own narrative and “has a difficult relationship with the truth.”

The Times reporter assigned at this early date to Hillary has a challenge. Maybe that’s why the assignment came so early.

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