The video below is by Sibel Edmonds (h/t Cynic). I don’t vouch for anything in it but it is worth watching.
The typical congressman arrives in Washington DC without a lot of wealth or experience at wielding power. Lots of them come from rural areas. Others come from compact urban areas. Their lifestyles back home were fairly modest and average.
Then they get to Washington and the seduction begins. If they have a weakness (and we all have weaknesses) the denizens of the swamp will find it. The seducers don’t come in with a bagful of cash and offer bribes. They lure you into a luxurious lifestyle. Invitations to parties and events, dinners, trips, gifts, and favors are showered upon the newcomers.
Like a heroin dealer giving out free samples, first they get you hooked, then they reel you in. If they can get some dirt on you then they own you.
Did you ever wonder how Nancy Pelosi has maintained her grip on the House Democratic Caucus?