The Patriot Post® · Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world.” —Earl Warren (1891-1974)

The truth hurts: “This will be a very well-received speech for Donald Trump.” —MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

Winning: “I think this line of economic nationalism works. I think — left, right and center — I think people have a sense of righteous indignation… I thought [the speech] was a winner politically. I think it’s probably the reason he was elected in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. It is winning the ticket. Economic nationalism.” —MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

Belly laugh of the week: “I was very proud of the dignity with which our members listened to his speech. It was clearly a bait-and-switch speech.” —Nancy Pelosi

Alpha Jackass, part I: “I wish [Carryn Owens] hadn’t allowed herself to be used as his prop like that. And I don’t see any great courage here. Where is the courage?” —Bill Maher

Alpha Jackass, part II: “That’s why she’s there as a sort of a f-you for the people who are criticizing [the Yemen mission in which Navy SEAL Ryan Owens was killed]. And the poor woman, this widow who just lost her husband — she is in desperate grief right now. … And to use that to put another notch on his belt, and what is he thinking about? ‘My ratings.’” —Michael Moore

Brace yourselves: “It’s coming. He’s coming. And he’s ready to roll.” —former Attorney General Eric Holder on Barack Obama’s political resurrection

And last… “Instead of lecturing us all night on how to run the country, Hollywood should focus on how to run a simple awards show.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest