The Republican Party’s presumptive nominee’s butler is being investigated by the Secret Service. Try writing that as an opening line for your political thriller. See how many responses – any kind: negative, sarcastic, concerned – you get from editors.

Should people care? We have an old angry man who rants on Facebook. Yes, the stuff about President Obama is the sort of stuff that gets the Secret Service looking you up and checking you out. And the rest is apparently pretty vile. But it’s a small scandal – as much as some might play it up – compared to what Democrats and Mitt Romney are working on: Trump’s taxes. Now there’s meat for the bloodhounds, right?

The problem is, when you need a professor of economics (from The University of Michigan, where else?) in the NY Times to explain why it is supposedly disturbing that Trump not release his tax returns, and to do so in terms of game theory; you realize that the complexity of tax returns for the wealthy in America is a sacred and privileged cult.

Because if and when Trump does release his returns, despite the ongoing audit, who is going to have a clue what the columns and figures and legal/accounting language actually means? Only the anointed few: the tax consultants – lawyers, accountants: the experts in the massively complex web of regulations and loopholes that they navigate for those who can afford their services.

And it will be up to those experts to help a bright, bloodthirsty journalist explain the shocking secrets hidden within the numbers and between the jargon. And the journalist will interpret these slippery nuances in understandable and ironic terms that lend to a scandalous headline. What better way to disrobe the emperor and critically examine his financial endowments?

Or at least that’s what Romney, other NeverTrumpkins and the Democrats hope.

But whatever scandal does – or does not – emerge will almost certainly be the result of nuanced interpretations of complex laws and regulations regarding how to classify myriad forms of debt, equity, assets, and on and on. And meanwhile the rest of us stand on the outside and have to be satisfied with a headline and a good quote. Unless one feels like getting an MBA and a law degree specializing in tax and corporate law – just to see if they were right.

But actually having a clear, transparent, and simple tax code is unthinkable for the New Class – the meritocracy that thrives off the complexity; both financially and politically.

So the political optics of this issue will build over time, and the politically smart thing for Trump to do would be to release them unapologetically and be ready to weather any storms that result. In other words, get it over with now.