If, indeed, Christie had no knowledge of the lane closings and if, in fact, he was betrayed by idiots — even though he hired and trusted those idiots — then he could survive.
Those are big ifs. What is certain is that the only thing the Republican base hates more than a liar and a bully is a bullying media. Once that common enemy is established, the perceived victim often becomes the victor.
Kathleen Parker is a columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.