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Legal Affairs is running an interesting debate between Mark Tushnet and Cass Sunstein on whether Senate Democrats should vote to confirm John Roberts. Both make good arguments, though Sunstein brings up the rather provocative point that if Democrats voted en masse against Roberts—who does not, from outward appearances, look overly radical—then it would just set a bad precedent that “contribute[d] to a political atmosphere in which justices identify with the ideological extremes of the country.” Perhaps, although all of these admonitions to preserve comity and bipartisanship in the Senate seem a bit quaint these days, don’t they?

Meanwhile, Ezra Klein offers the semi-optimistic view on Roberts: namely, he’s not offering up the code words many conservatives would presumably want, and a bunch of liberals (male liberals) seem to like him. Well, maybe. At any rate, the prediction that he’ll do a lot of very conservative things on the Court seems like a safe one, the question is whether he’ll do it in leaps and bounds or take his time. Either way, he’s a conservative. What matters from a Democratic point of view is not how they’ll stop him—they can’t and won’t, and killing his nomination wouldn’t lead to anyone “better” getting put up—but figuring out how they can start wining elections again in order to prevent more justices like Roberts from sitting on the courts.

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SIX TRUTHS

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.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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