Next to "what is the meaning of life?", the world's biggest mystery is "what were they thinking?" When people first become involved in scandal, why do they think they won't get caught when so many do?
The scandal du jour is Sen. Max Baucus, who -- it was revealed by Politico on Friday -- gave a nearly $14,000 pay raise to a female staffer in 2008, at the time he was becoming romantically involved with her. His spokesman's defense was scandalous in its own way. He suggested the raise was about what others in the senator's office got. This was about the time the economy was collapsing and few people in the working world were getting big pay raises.