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Hillary Hype: She’ll be a Democratic player in 2014 (No kidding!)

Dec. 6, 2013: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after receiving the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Dec. 6, 2013: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after receiving the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP)

Tired of stories about Hillary in 2016? Of course you are.

So here’s a story about Hillary in 2014.

Who says we don’t cover all the angles?

At the risk of being cantankerous, let me suggest that the prospect of Hillary Clinton campaigning for Democrats in the midterms, and helping raise money for candidates, is utterly unremarkable.

Has there ever been a potential presidential candidate who didn’t try to help his or her party two years out?

The upside: You collect all kinds of chits and IOUs that are invaluable in a White House race. You visit lots of key primary states. You rub shoulders with local money men. You grab the spotlight as an emerging party leader.

The downside: Well, there isn’t much downside. Some of the candidates you support might lose, but chances are you won’t be blamed for that.

Still, USA Today thinks this is a big deal:

“Ready for Hillary, the group organizing supporters nationwide for a potential Clinton presidential campaign, says it will ask its members to support candidates endorsed by Clinton in the 2014 midterm elections, and to push her policy agenda over the next two years.”

I’m not sure how this group—which is not officially endorsed by Hillary but includes some of her bedrock supporters—pushes her agenda without her. For that, it seems to me, you need the candidate, undeclared or otherwise.

“In addition, Clinton could decide to campaign for 2014 Democratic candidates, many of whom are old friends and allies. She helped two candidates get elected this fall — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Doing the same in 2014 could help her amass support for a presidential run and help retain a Democratic-controlled Senate for a future President Clinton to work with. It could also help her decide whether she still has enough fun doing it to run for the presidency again.”

Fun? Sorry, but this isn’t about fun. Getting elected president is hard work, as Hillary knows all too well, having made her own bid as well as twice helping her husband win the White House.

Maybe, for the moment, we're running out of things to say about the former first lady.

Ready for Hillary seems to be doing okay at the moment, having raised $1.25 million from 25,000 donors and garnered 1.1 million Facebook likes, says USA Today. But obviously it would have to ramp up beyond that.

With Sunday’s Des Moines Register poll showing Clinton with an 89 percent approval rating among Iowa Democrats, she is the overwhelming favorite if she chooses to run. Campaigning next year would just put icing on that cake.

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Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and the host of "MediaBuzz" (Sundays 11 a.m.). He is the author of five books and is based in Washington. Follow him at @HowardKurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.