The brazenness of this is really extraordinary. It’s as if they’d spent their lives assuming that all the worst caricatures of politics were so true that they described everyone, then set about testing their limits.
Confusing fantasy for reality always has a cost, but when you’re playing this particular game this particular way and get caught? The indictments that get handed down from this one are going to be extraordinary. Because this isn’t just pay-to-play; it’s also money laundering. And THAT can get you a LONG time behind bars.