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During a press conference announcing her decision to remain as House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi took offense at NBC’s Luke Russert when he questioned whether her age and that of the rest of the Democratic leadership “hurts the [Democratic] Party.”

Russert: Some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long term. What’s your response?

Pelosi: Next! Oh, you’ve always asked that question, except to Mitch McConnell,

Russert: No, excuse me. You, Mr. Hoyer, Mr. Clyburn, you’re all over 70. Is your decision to stay on prohibiting younger members for moving forward?

Pelosi: So you’re suggesting that everybody step aside? Let’s for a moment honor it as a legitimate question, although it’s quite offensive. You don’t realize that, I guess.

Pelosi then went on to talk about how she has worked hard to elect younger, newer people, especially women, into Congress, so that their seniority would start much sooner.
Russert wasn’t trying to be offensive to the Democratic leadership. After all, he works for NBC. He was just pointing out the fact that the Democratic leadership is old, with an average age of 72, compared to the Republicans whose leadership is just 53 years old on average.

The Democrats are holding on to their aging leadership team. It is the same team—with the exception of Clyburn—that oversaw the historic Republican sweep in 2010, and fell far short of regaining enough seats this month to end their minority status for at least another two years.

Pelosi claimed that the question was offensive, but only because she is in denial that her time has come and gone. As long as she remains in power, the Democrats will have a very difficult time regaining control of Congress.

Long live Nancy!

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  • VikingDane

    Hate he wasted a good question opportunity on that drivel.

  • Ted

    Aren’t you an old fart, too, Irvine?
    If someone inferred that about you, wouldn’t you be offended?
    (Hell! Reagan had Alzheimers Disease by the beginning of his second term … so … if being old was OK for him … it must be OK for Pelosi, too, right?)

  • LawrenceO

    I find Pelosi “Offensive” at any age.

  • The Major

    NOW,,,You know why I & many others want TERM LIMITS for Pelosi & others. The CRAP that comes out of their mouths is incredible . 1 Dem told an Admiral ,,that if too many Marines land on Wake Is . during ‘manuvers’ the island would tip over. Another Dem, asked the ‘travel office’ what she needed to go to CapeTOWN,,,when told a passport & a visa ,,among others,,,she replied that she was only going to Massachusetts. When the worker on the phone explained that Cape COD was in Mass.. the Senior Senator from Calif.,,,said “I know that you smart ass”. The Jr Senator from Vermont thought that from his hotel in Orlando Fla,,,in the middle of the state,,,,he shold be able to see BOTH the Gulf AND the Atlantic,,,,he complained tho the ‘travel office’ & 1 can only guess at their reaction to his questions
    2 Terms as a Senator
    3 Terms as a Rep. + 1 term as a Senator
    6 Terms as a Rep.
    THAT’S IT. If you can’t do it in that much time ,,,then you must be an IDIOT
    Lautenberg from NJ said he wants to run again After his Cancer surgery ,,which WE paid for,,,& he’ll be NINETY YEARS OLD Time to Retire??
    If Pilots ,,,like Sully Sulenberg MUST retire at 60,,,,Generals by 65 (?) & Senior enlisted men/women by 60,,,,,then the 535 MUST go by 65 TOO,,even if they did NOT reach the 12 year mark
    ALL 535 should also be a $ 1 a year men/women,,,,,& then watch the MASS Exodus from “The Hill”

  • The Major

    PS I am 1/2 Italian (descent) & a Roman Catholic,,,,as I believe ms. Pelosi started out in Baltimore also .. If my Mother were still alive,,,she would listen to ms. Pelosi & after a while,,,say ,,”OMG,,,that woman is an Idiot.,,,only an Idiot would say,,,’we must vote on it BEFORE we read it’ ,,,or know what’s in it”. She IS an EMBARASSMENT to ALL Americans of Italian descent (my opinion)