If Chris Christie's insistence that he didn't order his aides to snarl traffic on the George Washington Bridge sounds familiar, it should. Think Shakespeare. More specifically, think "Richard II."
Reading the emails sent by Christie's aides and appointees, I couldn't help but think about the scene in which Sir Pierce of Exton has a conversation with an unnamed servant. They've both heard King Henry IV express what sounds like a wish to have the imprisoned former king, Richard, executed.
Didst thou not mark the king, what words he spake,
'Have I no friend will rid me of this living fear?'
Was it not so?
These were his very words.
'Have I no friend?' quoth he: he spake it twice,
And urged it twice together, did he not?
And speaking it, he wistly [intently] look'd on me,
And who should say [as if to say], 'I would thou wert the man
That would divorce this terror from my heart';
Meaning the king at Pomfret. Come, let's go:
I am the king's friend, and will rid his foe.
We don't yet know who exactly ordered what in the New Jersey bridge scandal, of course. But just imagine that exchange between Exton and his servant as having been spoken in a New Jersey accent, with Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff, as Exton, and Port Authority official David Wildstein as the servant. For the king at Pomfret (the former King Richard), substitute Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich and the passage starts seeming positively contemporary.