Caroline Baum: Five things Democrats won’t tell you about Hillary Clinton

Promises, promises. By all rights, this should be the subtext of every presidential election campaign. Candidates promise us the moon and deliver something far less celestial. All that pie-in-the-sky stuff about healing the planet and slowing the rise of the oceans? Time is running out for President Barack Obama to deliver on his 2008 campaign pledges.

The 2016 presidential campaign has been a contest between a catch-all slogan — “Make America Great Again” — and a long list of policy priorities and promises for every interest group imaginable. Unpleasant realities, such as budget constraints, get airbrushed or buried. Getting elected is the priority.

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