Reporter Luke Russert earned himself boos, and an accusation of sexism, after he asked why Pelosi wouldn’t step aside as leader House Democrats for younger leadership that might be more in touch with younger voters.
From the Washington Post:
When Pelosi took questions from reporters, NBC’s Luke Russert asked her whether she thought the House Democratic leadership is too old.
“The answer is no,” Pelosi responded as her colleagues booed loudly. She later called the question offensive and noted that reporters rarely ask such questions of male leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“Everything that I have done in my almost decade now of leadership is to elect younger and newer people to the Congress,” Pelosi said. “In my own personal experience, it was very important for me to elect young women.”
But the question is worth asking, because Democratic lawmakers have said privately that the party need to begin fostering younger leaders. Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), an assistant to Pelosi, are all in their 70s.
I seem to remember plenty of reporters and political analysts making an issue out of John McCain’s age when he ran for president in 2008. And certainly age demographics have been much discussed in the wake of the 2012 elections.
Clearly Pelosi is feeling a little sensitive to questions about her decision remain as House Majority Leader for another Congress, and her knee-jerk accusations of sexism are just par for the course when Democrats want to deflect criticism.
Because it can’t ever just be that you’re being critical of a liberal. You’re always victimizing them too, because of their race or their gender, etc., etc.