The Patriot Post® · Friday Short Cuts

Insight: “Any man who tries to incite class hatred, sectional hate, hate of creeds, any kind of hatred in our community, though he may affect to do so in the interest of the class he is addressing, is in the long run with absolute certainty that class’s own worst enemy.” —Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Nailed it: “Replacing Obamacare is complicated. There are trade-offs. Somebody’s going to walk away convinced they got a bad deal. Even worse, whenever a legislator has the courage to tell the public that trade-offs and compromises are necessary, a political challenger will insist that it is not, that it represents lawmakers being stupid, or spineless, or selling out. … [I]t is very easy to promise a better health-care system with no compromises and trade-offs; it is pretty much impossible to deliver it.” —Jim Geraghty

Upright: “[T]he preferred free-market plan for health care policy should be no plan whatsoever. The idea that we need a federal top-down strategy to manage a huge chunk of the economy is at the very heart of the problem. We don’t need a federal plan for health care. Yet Republicans have allowed liberals to frame the entire health insurance debate in these anti-market terms.” —David Harsanyi

Braying Jenny: “[Republicans] don’t want the American people to see the facts. They’re always afraid of the facts. It’s just a remarkable thing.” —Nancy Pelosi

Busted: “Since 2012, The Fact Checker warned against politicians from language that implies women get mammograms at Planned Parenthood clinics. … [Chuck] Schumer’s claim is problematic because it says ‘millions of women’ turn to Planned Parenthood for ‘mammograms, maternity care, cancer screenings & more.’ He greatly exaggerates the universe of women who rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms.” —The Washington Post awarding Schumer Three Pinocchios

Non Compos Mentis: “My moral compass is in my vagina.” —actress Cate Blanchett

And last… “Barbra Streisand says Trump-caused stress is making her fat. No word yet on what’s making her stupid.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest