It's Friday, which is always a good day for "Presidential Ponderation" here at Colorado Pols. Today we direct your attention to a fascinating article in the New Republic, which looks at New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie and how he rose to power using the same kind of political payback that led to "Bridgegate" (if you've got some time, read the article — it's fascinating). From Alex Macgillis:
Has there ever been a political reversal of fortune as rapid and as absolute as the one just experienced by Chris Christie? At warp speed, the governor of New Jersey has gone from the most popular politician in the country to the most embattled; from the Republicans’ brightest hope for 2016 to a man with an FBI target on his back. One minute, he was releasing jokey vanity videos starring Alec Baldwin and assorted celebrity pals; the next, he was being ridiculed by his lifelong idol, Bruce Springsteen. Mere weeks ago, Christie was a straight-talking, corruption-busting everyman. Now, he is a liar, a bully, a buffoon.
What is remarkable about this meltdown is that it isn’t the result of some deep secret that has been exposed to the world, revealing a previously unimagined side to the candidate. Many of the scandals and mini-scandals and scandals-within-scandals that the national media is salivating over have been in full view for years. Even the now-infamous Bridgegate was percolating for months before it exploded into the first major story of the next presidential race.
No doubt that the sort of horse-trading described in the New Republic goes on in Colorado at some level, but it's hard to fathom the sheer political audacity that takes place in New Jersey.