The Latest From the Fever Swamp: Concussiongate

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Hillary Clinton is widely viewed as the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination if she decides to run, and that’s prompted a lot of people to wonder how the right wing would react to a Hillary campaign. Have they learned to respect her over the past four years, or would it be Whitewater/Vince Foster/Travelgate all over again?

Anyone with a room-temperature IQ has already put money on Option B, and today brings fascinating new evidence that anyone taking the other side of that bet has already lost a bundle. You see, it turns out that the fever swamp thinks Hillary is faking the concussion she suffered over the weekend. Seriously. The Atlantic’s Alexander Abad-Santos rounds up the quotes:

Jim Treacher: “If she has a concussion, let’s see the medical report. Let’s see some proof that she’s not just stonewalling.”

John Bolton: “When you don’t want to go to a meeting or conference, or an event, you have a ‘diplomatic illness,’ … And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band.”

Lucianne Goldberg: “Hillary has given us a great new excuse. Don’t call in with a cold or a bad tooth. Just say you have a concussion. It can last for days.”

There you have it: a little mini-preview of 2016 if Hillary decides to run.

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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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