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Sage advice for Hillary Clinton
Sage advice for Hillary Clinton

It's been almost two weeks since their stinging defeat in midterm elections, but Democrats are still licking their wounds and trying to figure out where they went wrong. They don't have much time to extract the right lessons: The 2016 presidential campaign will begin in earnest any minute now. So I consulted two Democratic sages, each of whom played a central role in electing the last two Democratic presidents: David Axelrod, who worked for Barack Obama in 2008, and James Carville, who worked for Bill Clinton in 1992. Their advice — aimed primarily at Hillary Rodham Clinton, who they both assume will run — boiled down to two basic precepts. First, don't take the...

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