Boston. St. Louis. Bruins. Blues.

After an epic matchup, three games to three, hockey fans the world over are eagerly awaiting Game Seven of the Stanley Cup finals this Wednesday. We watch out of hometown pride, love of the game, or the simple joy of seeing star players like Zdeno Chara and Alex Pietrangelo compete.

But whatever our particular reasons for tuning in, hockey fans in both camps know the fight will be fair and the team that plays the best will win. That’s because we know how Chara and Pietrangelo and their teammates got into the NHL in the first place: through endless practice, sacrifice, persistence, and skill.

Now imagine the Stanley Cup final was played by the rules of American politics. Imagine the players were recruited not on their ability to skate and handle the puck but on how much money they could muster to finance their campaigns.

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