Hollywood aside, there aren't that many moments in life when the little guy gets to see his powerful nemesis stumble and fall. There are some apocryphal examples of comeuppances, but for the most part, the powerful stay powerful and the little guy stays little.
It was with unconstrained glee, then, that Tom Bjorklund wrote to the Federal Election Commission. Bjorklund is the treasurer for the "Stop Chris Christie PAC" -- or rather, he was -- back when the PAC was necessary.
Bjorklund's note was in response to a question from the FEC about the PAC's name, since PACs cannot include the name of a candidate in their title. (Remember CARLY for America?)
But that actually doesn't matter any more, because the PAC no longer has a function. (To be fair, it doesn't appear to have done a whole lot even when it was active, as the letter makes clear.) Bjorklund writes:
Our decision to cease and desist as a PAC is not due to your letter, but instead is based on recent polling and the miserable showing of the candidate in question (namely Chris Christie). Our committee believes that Mr. Christie has already performed the service of stopping his campaign in spirit, (without our aid) even if not by the letter of the law.
A burn, to be sure. But a not-entirely-inaccurate one.
In Real Clear Politics' polling average over the last two years, the trend for Christie has been clear. First, there was that bridge thing, which hit when Christie was actually leading in polling. Then, in February, more candidates made clear their intention to run, splitting the field -- and pulling support away from the New Jersey governor.
This is perhaps a little premature, we'll note. As the field starts to narrow again, Christie could see an increase in support again. The governor is wounded, but he's not out. Little-guy-triumphs stories might not be common in real life, but overconfident-guy-blows-a-sure-thing stories sure are.
Anyway, the "Stop Chris Christie PAC" -- or whatever it might subsequently have been called -- didn't exist for no reason. Here we are, talking about how poorly Chris Christie's campaign is going. Lucky for him, he still has a super PAC of his own.