The ghost of David Broder, writing through the keyboard of Dan Balz, expounds further on the Beltway theory of eternal return:
Fortunes change quickly in politics. Three months ago, Chris Christie was on the Republican mountaintop, and Mitt Romney was in the valley. Today, Christie’s once-bright future is clouded by scandal, and, wonder of wonders, Romney is enjoying a moment in the sun.
Romney has done it once and probably could again. He’s personally worth north of $200 million, or was at the time of his last campaign. In 2008, he spent considerably from his own fortune. He needed to buy recognition. Last time, he got others to give. But personal money and the demonstrated ability to raise it elsewhere generate interest from those who have helped finance campaigns.
Donors, however, are famously skittish, often the first to wail at signs of trouble in a campaign. Although often closely watched, they are not always the most reliable of political barometers. If Christie weathers this episode, many will be back in his camp.
In other words, if Christie plays his cards right, someday he could have the same political future as Mitt Romney does today. Damn, it feels good to be a gangster.
Meanwhile, in the real world, where his poll numbers are in the shitter and his oppo team is working on press releases about Wildstein’s kindergarten report card, Christie is on a fundraising swing through the South. Even though someday he may rise to the exalted high level of reverence reserved only for political giants like Romney, today Republican governors are making sure they’re not within a hundred miles of Chris and a camera.