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November 4th, 2013
06:22 PM ET

Roundtable: Chris Christie's political future

(CNN) - "Double Down," a behind-the-scenes account of the 2012 presidential race by the journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, is out Tuesday.

The book has already made headlines: The Obama campaign flirted with the idea of kicking Vice President Joe Biden off the ticket andreplacing him with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the Romney campaign was startled by what it dug up on Chris Christiein the process of vetting him to be the Republican vice presidential nominee.

The White House leaks are "incredibly disloyal," said Jon Favreau, former chief speechwriter for President Barack Obama. "It's not helpful. It's stupid."

"Talking about what the president thought, what he said, making him look bad, making Bill Clinton look bad, Joe Biden, whoever it is, there's just no point to it," said Favreau. "It's like high school."

And just like high school, Washington reporters can't stop talking about the book's juicy revelations.

"I can't believe we're still talking about Biden and Hillary Clinton. This has been a rumor basically since President Obama took office," said Buzzfeed reporter Kate Nocera. "It comes up again, and again, and again, and we can't stop talking about it."

The leaks from the Romney camp about vetting Chris Christie is a little different, said Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard.

"He's a guy who obviously is the leading possible presidential candidate for 2016. It's one thing if you're in the second term of an administration, you leak stuff about what President Obama said last year, he's not on the ballot again, and it doesn't really make much difference," said Kristol.

"The Christie thing is a little more purposeful, maybe. You can call it vindictive. Maybe some Romney aide thinks he's doing the country a service," said Kristol.

For more of our politics panel, including analysis of New Jersey and Virginia's upcoming gubernatorial races, check out the video above.

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