During the Democratic Party primary season, all those eons ago, Barack Obama deployed no more powerful line against Hillary Clinton than his insistence that “we can’t just tell people what they want to hear. We need to tell them what they need to hear.” More than just a catchy couplet, the phrase was a deadly arrow into the heart of Clintonism.

Few things crippled Hillary’s campaign like the belief that she would say or do anything to get elected, from supporting the Iraq war to claiming she’d dodged sniper fire in Tuzla. In Obama, Democrats seemed to have found something refreshing: a brave truth-teller unmoored to pollsters, someone who had spoken out against the war and could at last restore integrity and honesty to Washington politics.

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