As Custer learned at Little Big Horn and Christie at Fort Lee, there are no certainties in war and politics. The Custer story has long been assigned to the archives. The Christie story, past, present and future, is still unfolding. In its wake will be the love-in between the New Jersey and Ohio governors at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Arizona last November.

It was there on the widely reported stage that drew trend-conscience reporters from everywhere that Chris Christie giddily declared, “I love John Kasich”. (Please don’t read sex!)

According to reporting by friendly Kasich Chronicler Joe Vardon of the Columbus Dispatch, our governor had already heartily commended Christie the day before by declaring : “Chris and I are friends. He texts me, we laugh, we bust each other’s chops.”

Want to hear more from the Ohio man? Kasich, Vardon wrote, predicted “great success” for his friend, noting that Christie had “celebrity” working for him, an important asset in politics. (He was even elected chairman of the Republican association in Scottsdale. )

“Christie, is going to do great out there,” Vardon reported. ” Are you kidding? He is like a a force now. People want to be around him. He came out to Ohio during my last campaign, people just love him. He said if you don’t elect this guy I am coming back New Jersey style. They like it.”

New Jersey style?

Christie returned the accolade , pointing out that he and Kasich “get along very well because we have very similar approaches to governing.”

Well, now, similar approaches to governing?

Kasich will probably call me an idiot and bust my chops (!) for bringing up ancient history, but I don’t mind. I’m not running for reelection – a campaign that he had once hoped would be supercharged by his celebrated friend from New Jersey.

PS: On the plus side for Kasich in the Dispatch report was that Kasich was “kind of a magnet in Scottsdale for national reporters looking for insight.” Good luck on that.