Video: Was question about Pelosi’s age out of line?

posted at 12:11 pm on November 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Meet today’s bête noir among the politically-correct crowd — NBC’s Luke Russert.  When Nancy Pelosi announced that she would not step aside for fresh leadership for the House Democratic caucus, Russert had the temerity to ask whether that decision would make the caucus leadership a little too old to relate to younger voters.  Russert goed booed for his question, while Pelosi claimed that no one would ask that question about a man:

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.

In fact, I mentioned that in my post this morning that preceded Pelosi’s presser.  The Republican leadership in the House is noticeably younger, and if Cathy McMorris Rodgers wins her leadership fight with Tom Price (both excellent choices, in my opinion), it will get younger still.  The comparison will not go unnoticed by political analysts.

For that matter, age issues didn’t go unnoticed in this past election by the media, either.  It would be impossible to measure the amount of analysis that went into the stark differences in support between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney based on age demographics.  Why would that not relate to the age of the political leadership in play?  It’s not “age discrimination,” as the catcalls at the presser claimed, for some voters to feel less affinity for political leaders because they are too far removed from their own personal experience.  At least it wasn’t when Democrats attacked Republicans all year for not being diverse enough to attract a national coalition.

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They should of have asked her where she was hiding her broom.

jawkneemusic on November 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

She’s the clown face of the Democrat party. They deserve her in every way..

HotAirian on November 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Corruption never gets old.

FlaMurph on November 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Luke to get a pass from msdnc

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

“Nancy, why are you so old and ugly, and arrogant? How’d you get so rich?”

Too harsh?

Akzed on November 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Those darned Republicans are the party of old white people.

Oh, wait…. What’s that you say? Pelosi is a Democrat?

Nevermind.

UltimateBob on November 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

…Pelosi said. “In my own personal experience, it was very important for me to elect young women.”

 
Squishy bits > experience, qualifications, and expertise.

rogerb on November 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Oh, hell no.

She’s just getting started. There are many snouts in the trough that have to be fed.

Good Lt on November 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I think we should see as much of Pelosi and Harry Reid as possible. I’d also recommend big doses of John Dingell and Frank Lautenberg before the cameras.

Mr. D on November 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

…while Pelosi claimed that no one would ask that question about a man.

Yeah right, Reagan never had to face such questions.

Valkyriepundit on November 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Age is only sexist when it comes to one’s ability to “do it” in the carnal sense. But we’re not asking about Pelosi’s personal bedroom abilities, we’re asking about her state of physical and mental health in the execution of her job as leadership of the House Democrats. And in this the question of age is relevant.

Lawrence on November 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM

They should have asked her when she is going to do her inevitable Playboy centerfold.

CorporatePiggy on November 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Hey…just because she used to have a drink with FDR, doesn’t mean she’s old.

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Actually, I want that question asked of every incumbent – particularly and especially those with 10+ years in office. It’s just so great that the political class antediluvians plan to hold onto their power for as long as their can, and when the total, burning calamity befalls the rest of us, hey — they’ll be gone.

Jeddite on November 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

She also said something about having the “gavel” at that presser. And then giggled like a young girl when it was pointed out that she didn’t.

I found the whole photo op of the Democratic women up there behind her overkill. Obviously, the War on Women is not over. Her comments about not asking a man that question furthers the meme. I’d have given her more points using age descrimination instead of the victim card.

And so the SOS continues

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Remember 4 years ago when McCain was too old to be president – he might keel over any minute!

gwelf on November 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Considering she thinks she gets to keep the gavel as the minority…I’d say the age question was very appropriate

Conservative4Ever on November 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The media is concerned about how women in politics are treated?

Paging Sarah Palin.

gwelf on November 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I was kind of hoping that she’d step aside and the House Ds would elect DWS as minority leader. Oh well, Nancy will do just fine. She and Reid present the perfect face of this corrupt party.

TXUS on November 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

“Yesterday we did not have the majority, but we have the gavel,” ~ Nancy Pelosi

Conservative4Ever on November 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

No, not out of line. In that job, age matters.

dogsoldier on November 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Pelosi is the intellectual heavyweight of the Democrat party no doubt. The pride of SF.

Seriously I can’t wait for the day Pelosi goes away for good.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

She’s the clown face of the Democrat party. They deserve her in every way..

HotAirian on November 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I believe that would be Biden who would be the clown face of the Democratic Party. Pelosi would be the doesn’t-have-a-clue face, Reid would be the bald-faced liar face, and who would be the dog face of the party? None other than the charming Debbie Wasserman-Shultz.

HiJack on November 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

BS! I remember the age questions were put to McCain. But who cares right? He wasn’t in the protected victim class of Dem female who needs nanny Pelosi to take care of her.

JAM on November 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The party that coined the phrase “vote like your lady parts depend on it” has no right to be offended at anything – EVER!

gophergirl on November 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

The sexist/racist meme will continue to be the forefront of the democrat’s response to leadership and policies questions forever.

We are already reading about how the republican house is male and the democrats have more women.

plutorocks on November 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Oh no – the young dems will always need a Grammy Marx to go with Santabarackaclaus.

tru2tx on November 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The subject of her age is really irrelevant. Everyone knows that democrats are only supposed to have softballs tossed at them. That’s why the “reporters” booed.

perroviejo on November 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM

My male colleagues – “they had a jump on me”.

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

50sGuy on November 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Stay classy, Hotair.

Mmm...Burritos on November 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

SanFranNan/2016

L.i.B.

davidk on November 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Willard Scott used to love to talk about people who were Pelosi’s Age.

The Smucker’s Birthday tribute to Pelosi!

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Oh Little Luke Russert. He wasn’t exactly hired for his excellence, teehee. Meggie Mac was hired to take the spotlight from him as the worst example of nepotism and hiring a dimwit.

Marcus on November 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Luke Russert? So, I’m not supposed to roll my eyes and think it was a set up for Nance to continue the #WarOn*Elderly*Women theme. Gluten-free bread and circuses…

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Mmm…Burritos on November 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

You, too. And, next time…vote like your lady parts depended on it. Whether you have ‘em or not.

kingsjester on November 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

UH EXCUSE me pee-losi and others, but about all I hear from you groupies lately is all about OLD WHITE MEN. There is an opposite to that and you are IT. Also tossed around is rich old white men and YOU are also the oppisite of that too.

j bo on November 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

He should have said “aren’t you too white for the democratic party leadership?”

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Old Hag.

purgatory on November 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I guess it is only OK to use language like that for the other party and or when it is a man you are referring to and when that man is white as in old white men or rich old white men. I am with Russert.

j bo on November 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

excuse me Congresswoman.

Do your friends at NAMBLA enjoy tying each other
up with barbed wire, then Probing each other with
Louisville Sluggers only on Saturdays, or do they engage
in that kind of behavior on a Daily basis??

Yeah, maybe that is out of line…..

ToddPA on November 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I’ve personally always enjoyed her stories of working with the Roosevelt administration. Or was it the Bull Moose Party?

Shtetl G on November 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

You”re right. It is sexest. Of course, it wouldn’t be if she was a man like John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, who were also asked about their age. Typical Librul Bull sh..

Old Country Boy on November 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Right… because nobody on the left EVAH questioned McCain’s or Reagan’s age.

princetrumpet on November 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I think that was a legitimate question. The old battle axe has been hogging the post for way too long, isn’t it time someone else had a chance? If Pelosi’s all for young women why not recommend one to take over? Selfish old bat.

scalleywag on November 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Interesting:

Almost 1K ballots found in Broward elections warehouse
http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/politics/21009052826783/almost-1k-ballots-found-in-broward-elections-warehouse/

LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WSVN) — Nearly a thousand ballots that were not included in Florida’s final count have been found in a warehouse in Broward County.

Tuesday morning and into the night, there was a buzz of activity at the Voting Equipment Center in Lauderhill, a week after the general election. There was a recount going on for two commission seats that were too close to call, one in Hallandale Beach and another in Dania Beach. Workers had to count those votes manually.

Galt2009 on November 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Hey behind it all there is a legitimate question here. Pelosi is older than dirt. Steny Hoyer is a year older and thinks he is the heir apparent. Where is the young blood among these ugly old bitter people that make up House Demonrats?

That isn’t a question of sexism or ageism but a legitimate question about succession.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Tell you what…

When Pelosi comes out and says that the Democrat ad accusing Romney of murdering a mans wife with cancers was out of line, maybe ill give her this one.

catmman on November 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

It’s so easy to “offend” any liberal…….just propose or ask a question/notion that threatens their ability to stay in office for another election period (or eternity, for that matter).

Be offended, you ole bag, I’m also questioning your soundness of mind and whether or not you’re an alcoholic/addict from your recent questionable actions and speech.

avagreen on November 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

She’s not a day older than her twin sister……..the one who had the house dropped on top of her.

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Old/busted:
 

Breitbart’s real bomb was his heart. Tick, tick, boom.
 
Mmm…Burritos on March 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

 
New hotness:
 

Stay classy, Hotair.
 
Mmm…Burritos on November 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

rogerb on November 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

P.S. to Nancy………..get better fitting wigs and put some grey hairs into them for gosh sakes! Looks more realistic for some who is 72!.

avagreen on November 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

rogerb, you are superb.

Nancy will fly where she belongs, soon, on her broom, er hammer, in her blue suit. It’s the only justive for her.

The book about how she became who she is is yet to be written. She sucked on a lot of…. lemons, er.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Russert goed booed for his question, while Pelosi claimed that no one would ask that question about a man:

Apparently Pelosi and her fellow dems have some sort of amnesia that makes them forget the entire 2008 election.

DethMetalCookieMonst on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

She’s HAWWWWWWT for someone in her 80′s.

That botox is really paying off.

Lookin’ good Granny P.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

….oh, she’s 72?

Well not so much then.

No one would want to Beyonce that.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

….just curious how many abortions have the gals around her had?

Oh wait, they just SUPPORT OTHERS getting abortions (particularly blacks and minority “Weeds” as Margaret Sanger would say).

Keep on killing your babies America.

It’s only our future…….meh.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Oh, puleeze! People brought up John McCain’s age with every other breath during the 2008 election.

Honestly, I think she’s been showing the early signs of dementia for a couple of years now. Seriously. She’s got that same look in her eyes I’ve seen in a couple of my elderly relatives just as they were beginning to exhibit behaviors that set off warning signals.

I don’t know what’s wrong with that generation (and I see it in some of my own relatives). They just can’t let go. They can’t give up whatever vestiges of power or control they have left, and it’s only sadder when they’re finally forced aside due to inability to perform or, even sadder, when it’s clear they’re no longer mentally competent.

Hopefully it’s different for my generation. All my husband and I talk about lately is retirement, and we’re only in our fifties. We’re happy to walk away and leave it all to the next generation while we enjoy the fruits of our labors (or what’s left, haha, after Obama, Reid, Pelosi, et al. are done looting them).

Even as a woman in my fifties, I didn’t relate to any of those women in those awful, awful little suits standing up there on that podium. Who wears those anymore? Geez. And the stiff, sprayed-to-death hair and garish, outdated makeup. I mean, if you want to pretend you’re relevant, at least update that stuff! /meow

Carolina21 on November 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

L.i.B.

davidk on November 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM

OK, somebody please tell me what L.i.B. means.

Thanks!

UltimateBob on November 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

….oh, she’s 72?

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Yeah but that’s 504 in dog years.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

OK, somebody please tell me what L.i.B. means.

Thanks!

UltimateBob on November 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Let it Burn.

Galt2009 on November 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Oh, puleeze! People brought up John McCain’s age with every other breath during the 2008 election.

The double standard of the lefties strikes again!

scalleywag on November 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

Elderly women often take up hobbies; scrapbooking, collecting Precious Moments figurines, destroying Western civilization. #Pelosi

davidk on November 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

i’ve seen male politicians get criticized for their age too. silly question, but not sexist.

Sachiko on November 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Isn’t it routine to time-date mummies?

kim roy on November 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Let it Burn.

Galt2009 on November 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Thank you.

UltimateBob on November 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

So, I’m not supposed to roll my eyes and think it was a set up for Nance to continue the #WarOn*Elderly*Women theme. Gluten-free bread and circuses…

Fallon on November 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Yeah, would not surprise me. They get Russert to take the dive with the question and she gets to come back with some snark that supposedly demonstrates that the old hag still has it. This type of behavior seen over the past 4 years was approved by the majority of the electorate last week so expect to continue to see more of it.

DaveDief on November 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

To heck with her age, what about her sanity?

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Old Hag.

purgatory on November 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

GASP!!!
What’s wrong with you???
You know that it’s not acceptable to refer to the stupid C-word’s age.

justltl on November 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Didn’t she call McCain old?

Dollayo on November 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Only way Pelosi will leave is feet first. She’s too addicted to the power.

GarandFan on November 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Would a bucket of water do it or do you need a wooden stake also?

acyl72 on November 14, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I thought women like Pelosi were all about equality? Men get asked that question all the time.

You wanted it gals, now you got it. AM/PM 24/7.

oryguncon on November 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

She reminds of the woman in the movie Brazil that got the stretched face-lift.

Drill and Fill on November 14, 2012 at 6:17 PM

It was cold this morning…..as cold as Nancy Pelosi’s heart…and that is damn cold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

logicman_1998 on November 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM