Why Do Such Rotten People Thrive in Politics?

It starts at the local level.

It’s the incumbent local official who comes into the polling place with his name identification swag in full view, shaking hands, and it’s the election judge from his party who smiles and does nothing about it. All illegal electioneering. That former incumbent is now considered a highly respected elder statesman of his district. The judge is a pillar of her community.

It’s the high school senior’s mom working as an election judge who kicks all her 18-year old kid’s friends out of the polling…