At a press conference today at which Nancy Pelosi trumpeted all of the new Democratic women elected to the House and said she would run again for Minority Leader, NBC’s Luke Russert asked her the following question:

“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?”

It was at that point that Pelosi’s colleagues, standing behind her, reacted as if Russert had just asked Pelosi if she wouldn’t be more comfortable in a wheelchair. Pelosi capped off the moment by saying, “Oh you’ve always asked that question except to Mitch McConnell.” McConnell is the Senate Minority Leader who is 70 years old. (Pelosi is 72.)

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Russert is taking it on the chin on Twitter, where, to be fair, everyone takes it on the chin, but here ya go…




Actually, Pelosi’s reaction was not a surprise to us. Our very own Scott Shafer, host of The California Report, asked her sort of the same question before the election, to which she reacted in sort of the same way. Scott prefaced the question, which you can listen to below, with “forgive me for raising your age, I know it’s not polite…”

Listen to Nancy Pelosi call Scott Shafer agist and anti-women (but in a nice way)

Video: Nancy Pelosi and Women Dems React to NBC’s Russert After Question About Age 14 November,2012Jon Brooks

  • 2hearts4life

    “Funny business, a woman’s career. The things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you’ll need them when you get back to being a woman.”
    ‘All About Eve’ Bette Davis/Margo Channing

    Grow up, ‘ladies’ and act professional. The man made a comment that he had heard and was expressing that to you. You acted as if you just heard for the first time that none of you were chosen prom queen! And I am not only talking about the ‘ladies’ on stage! So vain! Oh well, at least the question made Pelosi smile for once!
    @roadkill: The anwser is NO. @beardedstoner, your name screams: ‘enough said!’

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