Reporter Asks Pelosi If She’s Too Old To Lead House Republicans, Hilarity Ensues


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.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • RCND

    Cruella will be back. So much for a chance at the perception of bipartisanship

  • 11B40


    It’s always nice to hear from the First Woman ex-Speaker of the House of Represenatives.

  • Harold

    I wouldn’t say Pelosi is to old, just to damn dumb.

  • Kim Watson

    Actually, yes, it is offensive. Questioning the age of a potential president is different, just as we need to know about his health issues for consideration of the line of succession and stability of the office. Asking about the age of a female politician in the same position as other male politicians have been (who were not questioned) is, indeed, sexist.

    But I agree that the average age of all the leadership in both parties is contributing to a generation gap. This coming from a woman who feels left behind more and more these days, with my dated ideas about liberty and freedom.

    Also, your headline has the wrong party in it. :/

    • Thresherman

      I don’t know where anyone got the idea that male leaders are never questioned about their age. I recall that it was brought up about Tip O’Neal back in the early 80’s and it was mentioned when Reid got re-elected. Moreover, in Pelosi’s case it is a legitimate question as she made no bones that she was planning on being Speaker after this past election. Having failed to gain the majority in the House and her goal of Speaker and at 72 years of age, it would not be unheard of to question if she planned on serving her term. Others, who were men, decided to go in different direction under simular circumstances. So nce again, we have a woman who demanded that she be treated the same as men then opt to demand that she should be treated different because whe is a woman, but in this case tried to camoflauge it by lying about being singled out for being a woman. Now if a female GOP rep tried this, the press would have taken great pains to point out how she mispresented her position, but since it is a liberal they then jeer the questioner.
      When the press employs double standards towards the opposing parties, they only show themselves to be untrustworthy. And yet they profess not to understand why no trusts them anymore.

  • Angie Faut

    Of course she is offended. I am not even surprised. That is why they are called “bleeding heart liberals”. I am surprised they have any flippin’ blood left… seriously!

  • $16179444

    since when have they ever led?

  • Spartacus

    Her feelings were hurt? I didn’t know she had any feelings.