The smartest move in politics today is to move against Washington and the two major parties. And the smartest man in politics may be Chris Christie.
The failure of the White House and Congress to seriously address the nation's fiscal situation is certain to broaden the belief among many voters that the U.S. political system is broken. The 2016 presidential election is ripe for the emergence of a game-changing political leader who either dramatically reforms one of the existing parties or mounts an independent bid.
Could that explain Christie's rant? The Republican governor of New Jersey with an approval rating topping 70 percent chastised the House Republican leadership on Wednesday for refusing to allow a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. His extraordinary news conference was a spot-on indictment of the political environment:
He said the game-playing that derailed the relief bill is "why the American people hate Congress; it is why they hate them."
He accused his party's leadership of "selfishness," "duplicity" and moral failure.
He said victims of Sandy in New York and New Jersey were played like pawns in the GOP House "palace intrigue."
"There is no reason at the moment for me to believe anything they tell me," Christie said of the GOP House leadership, specifically Speaker John Boehner, "because they have been telling me stuff for weeks, and they didn't deliver."