Quote of the Day: Rick Perry’s Ranch

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From Matt Yglesias, dryly noting the current conservative attitude toward the possibility of lingering racism in our fair republic:

I’ve learned in long years of experience blogging about American politics that there are no racists in the United States. Certainly if there are any, they’re not white people. And certainly if there are any racist white people, they’re not conservatives. So let’s just say that if you’re a Republican county commissioner in Minnesota, this is the kind of thing that might lead you to wonder if Perry’s brand of politics will play well outside the Old Confederacy where people sometimes misunderstand this kind of thing.

“This kind of thing,” of course, is the news that the Perry family hunting spot has been known for decades as “Niggerhead.” I know I’m repeating myself, but: Does Mitt Romney have a pact with the devil or something? Not only does he seem strangely invulnerable to attacks from his opponents, but his opponents also seem to have an almost uncanny ability to self-destruct. It’s just amazing.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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