2. “It will make anything else that comes out after that — that isn’t a video — mundane, tame by comparison. I need a controlled burn." This is rich. Michigan lawmaker Todd Courser did what anyone else would do when faced with details of an affair with a fellow (female) lawmaker coming to light. He had someone send an email to Republican activists saying he had had sex with a male prostitute. One hitch (one?): the staffer who refused to take part in the scheme, who was later fired, recorded the conversations Courser had with him about it.