Pelosi: It’s offensive to ask me if I should make way for younger leaders
posted at 11:33 am on November 14, 2012 by Allahpundit
Via the Examiner. Actually, what I think she finds offensive is the perceived double standard in asking if she’s too old to lead after two losing election cycles when Mitch McConnell (who’s nearly the same age) is still Senate minority leader after three failed attempts to regain the majority. Big difference between Pelosi and McConnell, though: She’s a partisan lightning rod and he isn’t. The GOP can leverage her unpopularity to help their side; Democrats can’t do the same to McConnell, who’s all but unknown to everyone except political junkies. The problem isn’t that she’s too old, it’s that she’s a potential political liability as leader. A more likeable Democrat, whether young or old, wouldn’t be.
I’ll say this much for her, though: It’s surreal that after the beating the GOP took last week, the only major figure in either party who was facing some heat to step down is Pelosi. As far as I know, Republicans haven’t (yet) fired so much as one internal pollster.
Uh, is Luke Russert really the guy to be asking anyone if they deserve to have their job?
— Jamie Kirchick (@jkirchick) November 14, 2012