The game of politics involves all those big attention getters: Outsized personalities like Chris Christie's. The ability to get things done. Enormous amounts of money raised for campaigns. The most influential reporters and idea entrepreneurs dconstructing the strategy and tactics of each minute move.
However, at the end of the day, it's the mundane matter of the law which will determine the fate of the politico. Take New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. A star he was. And a star he might always be. However, it might not be in politics per se.
He could, like the Watergate crowd, get creamed by the legal ramifications of what he knew and when he knew it about Bridgegate. Here is an analysis of what could happen to Christie.
One reason for going to law school is to have the power of the law to manage one's own world and the world of one's clients. In America, unlike banana republics, law is taken seriously and enforced. If convicted of any crimes, Christie will have to re-think his political career path. But an endlessly cagey guy like he is can reimagine himself in so many ways.
The Christie story could become the meme of how to come back for the second decade of the 21st century.
Takeaway: Politicos should fear the law the way vampires steer clear of the Christian cross. After all, American capitalism is based on the legal system. The contract protection of private property is everything.