The folks in "This Town" are snickering that Chris Christie is over. Done. Finito. Even if he doesn't wind up accused of any federal or state crime, his shot at a national presence likely will never happen. If not pushed to resign, he could serve out his second term in a low-profile manner and that will be that.
But, on the macro level, the question is floating around: Can Christie qualify for the identity of a "tragic hero?" We Humanities majors and theatre lovers recall the big debate if Arthur Miller's Willy Loman from "Death of a Salesman" could be considered a tragic hero, at least as understood by Aristotle and played out in the dramas of Shakespeare.
The odds are against that. There will probably be no Broadway plays or Weinstein documentaries which portray Christie as Tragic Hero. A political genius he certainly has been. He knew exactly the right persona (independent) to present for his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention. He managed the photo-ops post-Sandy to position him as savior of New Jersey and all victims of natural disasters. His plain-speaking brought back the spirit of Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan.
But, he hadn't accomplished enough, at least not yet, to be assessed as fallen from a great height. Richard Nixon was a tragic hero. And the smart money is predicting that Christie will never be granted the opportunity to make big political tracks in the sands of history.