"IT'S NOT LIKE in the movies," is good advice for almost any field or endeavor, from war to Wall Street. But perhaps nowhere is it more true than in politics.

At the end of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," Claude Raines admits he was the villain all along. Lonesome Rhodes, the populist demagogue played to perfection by Andy Griffith in "A Face in the Crowd," has a hot-mic moment on TV and the audience gets cathartic release seeing his schemes fall apart.

Jonah Goldberg is editor-in-chief of The Dispatch and the host of The Remnant podcast. His Twitter handle is @JonahDispatch.

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