Of all the non-surprises in the much-hyped WikiLeaks release of hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign, none was less revelatory than the predictable fact that she had preached the gospel of limited disclosure, behind closed doors.
"If everybody's watching, you know, all of the backroom discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,"she told the National Multifamily Housing Council in 2013, apropos the legislative sausage factory. "So you need both a public and a private position."
This was perfectly in character for the famously wary pol who declared, in 2003, that "I believe in a zone of privacy," then acted on that belief six years later, when she became secretary of state, by using a home-brew email server instead of the official system as the rules required - followed by a fumbling coverup.
American moralism and election-year politics being what they are, her remark played as a confession of two-facedness - though it was mightily and, from Clinton's point of view, blessedly overshadowed by the awful caught-on-tape sexual transgression of Donald Trump.