My first act of political activism was a letter to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle that I wrote a few days after the Watergate break-in. It was my first of many published LTEs, and in it I mocked the "Mission Impossible" opening. I assigned a mock "mission" to bug the Democratic National Headquarters, ending with the admonishment that if you are apprehended, the secretary will deny all knowledge of your activities.
As matters evolved, I had described the event perfectly.
Now to Christie.
Like Nixon, who would certainly have walked had he not taped his own conspiracy, Christie's aides have helpfully documented their entire conspiracy through email and text. Prosecution is a slam dunk. Someone will roll and expose Christie, in which case he will be toast and will have to resign.
There is an outside chance, a very slim outside chance, that CC will somehow elude prosecution and continue to serve until the next presidential election cycle, where he was expected to be a playuh. Now he has to live with an image of a guy whose entire immediate staff was a criminal conspiracy, and he is a helpless, clueless blowhard whose reputation as a hands-on executive is no longer viable.
A life in politics is over for Chris. Suddenly he is poison, and money will run screaming away from him. Like Austin Powers, he has lost his mojo. The money machine has been turned off. Get back out on the floor and sell! Sell! Sell!
Doesn't matter what he does from now on, it's over for the Big Man.
Here's my best case scenario of how it ends for Chris. He retreats Nixon-like, giving ground inch by grudging inch as each new revelation reduces the already limited wiggle room. It dominates the headlines, a "political tragedy" not unlike a presidential blowjob. Chris twists in the wind and dominates the news cycle until his own friends drag him out back and shoot him.
However it ends, I know I will enjoy it. I never understood how a man reviled by both right and left actually won an election in the first place.
Bonus: Christie is scheduled to give his annual "State of the State" speech to the DEMOCRATIC assembly that is about to investigate his closest aides. Popcorn and DVD is a must!