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(Business Insider)   Wiseass journalist asks Nancy Pelosi why an old lady like her won't step aside for someone younger at press conference   (businessinsider.com) divider line 141
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2012-11-14 12:23:24 PM
Old biddies never move for anyone. Ever been stuck behind one on the sidewalk? Waddling back and forth with their tennis ball walkers, meandering just enough to block you as you cut from one side to another so you can continue on your way? And if you so much as think about asking them to move, they'll step on your foot
 
2012-11-14 12:24:14 PM
I wonder if they asked the same question of McCain when he ran for president.
 
2012-11-14 12:24:17 PM
Because she's farking great at her job, unlike Boehner
 
2012-11-14 12:24:23 PM
And his father spins wildly in his grave.

fark you, Luke.
 
2012-11-14 12:24:27 PM
Because you leave them alone until they die and their cats eat them
 
2012-11-14 12:25:10 PM
Apparently, the apple can fall far from the tree.
 
Bf+
2012-11-14 12:25:15 PM
So in essence,

"Doesn't she look tired old?"
 
2012-11-14 12:27:31 PM
I don't have figures on the House, but in the Senate:

As of November 10, 2012, 4 senators are in their 80s, 24 are in their 70s, 38 are in their 60s, 26 are in their 50s, and 8 are in their 40s.

/source: wikipedia
 
2012-11-14 12:27:42 PM
So, he wanted someone younger at the press conference? Seems weird.
 
2012-11-14 12:27:54 PM
I'm wondering how hard it would be for Democrats to revolt and put someone else in leadership instead.

The way forward means a lot of people are going to have to eat a slice of crow and learn to work together before we go over the fiscal cliff. Pelosi from day one has been part of the problem, not part of the solution and more could have been done without her around.
 
2012-11-14 12:28:48 PM
if all Dem leaders are 70+ its somewhat a legitimate question if they represent a younger demographic...
 
2012-11-14 12:29:18 PM
This is what happens when you "earn" your job because your dad was a good reporter. I once heard Luke pronounce "meme" as "may-may".The guy is an idiot.
 
2012-11-14 12:30:45 PM
Did Luke's father step aside to give him a chance? No. He worked until he died.

Luke Russert and Chris Wallace should form a band called "No, It's Not Inherited"
 
2012-11-14 12:31:30 PM

hdhale: I'm wondering how hard it would be for Democrats to revolt and put someone else in leadership instead.

The way forward means a lot of people are going to have to eat a slice of crow and learn to work together before we go over the fiscal cliff. Pelosi from day one has been part of the problem, not part of the solution and more could have been done without her around.


If by more you mean the Democrats not being able to form coalitions to get bills passed. Knock Pelosi all you like, but she was a very effective Speaker. You have a point she's a polarizing figure, but that was mainly a GOP construct. Maybe if the GOP wasn't the Party of NO more would get done.
 
2012-11-14 12:33:41 PM

Summoner101: I wonder if they asked the same question of McCain when he ran for president.


People who even asked about his health which the ask every president was attacked for attacking him because of his age.

So is this a woman double standard or a Dem/Rep double standard?
 
2012-11-14 12:33:51 PM

Virulency: if all Dem leaders are 70+ its somewhat a legitimate question if they represent a younger demographic...


The same demographic that just (re-)elected them?
 
2012-11-14 12:34:07 PM

Summoner101: I wonder if they asked the same question of McCain when he ran for president.


Not the same question, obviously, but it looks like it was an issue, yes.
 
2012-11-14 12:34:48 PM
How old was Strom Thurmond? How about Ronnie Reagan? Or John McCain?
 
2012-11-14 12:35:21 PM

hdhale: I'm wondering how hard it would be for Democrats to revolt and put someone else in leadership instead.


I am pretty sure a majority vote of Dems in the house is what it takes.
 
2012-11-14 12:35:55 PM
Pelosi has always but herself above her party and the country. That's why she didn't do anything when she knew about Bush's waterboarding program, she will do anything for power.

She had the DNCC pull funding from a candidate for Congress in my district because he wouldn't commit to voting for her as speaker during the campaign, ensuring that the republican candidate won.
 
2012-11-14 12:36:01 PM

Mike Chewbacca: How old was Strom Thurmond? How about Ronnie Reagan? Or John McCain?


How about Byrd?
 
2012-11-14 12:36:33 PM
I bet he isn't even a Bills fan.
 
2012-11-14 12:36:40 PM

hdhale: Pelosi from day one has been part of the problem, not part of the solution and more could have been done without her around.


Yes, the Republicans could've accomplished so much more if the Democrats didn't have such a strong leader in the House.
 
2012-11-14 12:36:44 PM

hdhale: Pelosi from day one has been part of the problem, not part of the solution the target of the right wing outrage machine, which has successfully convinced most avid talk radio/Fox News consumers that she's some kind of demon.



Fixed that for you. Geez, you people and your demonology...
 
2012-11-14 12:37:02 PM
 
2012-11-14 12:37:24 PM

Virulency: if all Dem leaders are 70+ its somewhat a legitimate question if they represent a younger demographic...


Only if their age somehow prevents them from a decent representative of that younger demographic. She's won with over 70% of the vote (often over 80%) in every election since 1992. I think even that younger demographic is pretty happy with her.
 
2012-11-14 12:38:38 PM

theknuckler_33: Virulency: if all Dem leaders are 70+ its somewhat a legitimate question if they represent a younger demographic...

Only if their age somehow prevents them from a decent representative of that younger demographic. She's won with over 70% of the vote (often over 80%) in every election since 1992. I think even that younger demographic is pretty happy with her.


Oops... make that since 1988.
 
2012-11-14 12:39:08 PM

Fish in a Barrel: Summoner101: I wonder if they asked the same question of McCain when he ran for president.

Not the same question, obviously, but it looks like it was an issue, yes.


Nah, he was asked.
 
2012-11-14 12:39:57 PM
Cougar Stories. Let me tell you them.

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2012-11-14 12:40:42 PM

theknuckler_33: theknuckler_33: Virulency: if all Dem leaders are 70+ its somewhat a legitimate question if they represent a younger demographic...

Only if their age somehow prevents them from a decent representative of that younger demographic. She's won with over 70% of the vote (often over 80%) in every election since 1992. I think even that younger demographic is pretty happy with her.

Oops... make that since 1988.


no, we young SF Democrats are not all happy with her. We just don't have a choice if we want member of the Democratic Party as our Representative.
 
2012-11-14 12:40:56 PM

Wendy's Chili: Luke Russert calls the Jimmy Dore Show


Jimmy Dore is great.
 
2012-11-14 12:41:00 PM
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It's not "ageist," you buffoon, it's sexist.

She even explained how and why in her answer, and this guy just can't process (or admit) it.
 
2012-11-14 12:41:23 PM

Klivian: Old biddies never move for anyone. Ever been stuck behind one on the sidewalk? Waddling back and forth with their tennis ball walkers, meandering just enough to block you as you cut from one side to another so you can continue on your way? And if you so much as think about asking them to move, they'll step on your foot


Why ask the biddy to move when I can leave the sidewalk for the ten seconds it takes to pass her?
 
2012-11-14 12:41:24 PM

hdhale: I'm wondering how hard it would be for Democrats to revolt and put someone else in leadership instead.

The way forward means a lot of people are going to have to eat a slice of crow and learn to work together before we go over the fiscal cliff. Pelosi from day one has been part of the problem, not part of the solution and more could have been done without her around.


Yeah! If it weren't for Nancy Pelosi! and her San Francisco! values, we'd be herpin derpin something something Reagan for damn sure.
 
2012-11-14 12:41:27 PM

Summoner101: hdhale: I'm wondering how hard it would be for Democrats to revolt and put someone else in leadership instead.

The way forward means a lot of people are going to have to eat a slice of crow and learn to work together before we go over the fiscal cliff. Pelosi from day one has been part of the problem, not part of the solution and more could have been done without her around.

If by more you mean the Democrats not being able to form coalitions to get bills passed. Knock Pelosi all you like, but she was a very effective Speaker. You have a point she's a polarizing figure, but that was mainly a GOP construct. Maybe if the GOP wasn't the Party of NO more would get done.


With respect, we have too many polarizing figures in Washington now. That's the problem. You might like how she rallies the troops, but to what end? Her verbal gaffes and references to Republican "risky schemes" over simple matters of differences in approach make it nearly impossible to take her seriously as someone who is capable of working on a bipartisan basis. The House is controlled by Republicans. If anyone is the "Party of NO" at the moment there, it's Democrats and the Republicans feel free to mostly do as they please anyway. The Democrats need someone as Minority Leader who can work with Boehner on tax reform and that would include a top rate of 35%.
 
2012-11-14 12:41:50 PM

Tor_Eckman: And his father spins wildly in his grave.

fark you, Luke.


Oh, Luke, you asshat.

1derful: Pelosi has always but herself above her party and the country. That's why she didn't do anything when she knew about Bush's waterboarding program, she will do anything for power.

She had the DNCC pull funding from a candidate for Congress in my district because he wouldn't commit to voting for her as speaker during the campaign, ensuring that the republican candidate won.


[citation needed]

phaseolus: hdhale: Pelosi from day one has been part of the problem, not part of the solution the target of the right wing outrage machine, which has successfully convinced most avid talk radio/Fox News consumers that she's some kind of demon.


Fixed that for you. Geez, you people and your demonology...


Anyone who thinks the next Democratic House leader will not be demonized just as harshly is a goddamn fool.
 
2012-11-14 12:43:10 PM

jackiepaper: no, we young SF Democrats are not all happy with her. We just don't have a choice if we want member of the Democratic Party as our Representative.


You could have voted for her primary challenger, I suppose. Was it that protester lady again?
 
2012-11-14 12:43:42 PM
i'm in the minority here but Luke had a good point. the response by Pelosi and the other ladies was condescending and stupid. that the congress rewards old folks is IMO a problem. Pelosi said as much with her "i get young folks elected then age them to leadership" statement. ok that's a paraphrase.
 
2012-11-14 12:43:52 PM

hdhale: Pelosi from day one has been part of the problem, not part of the solution and more could have been done without her around.


I know, right? Just eating those crackers like she owns the place!
 
2012-11-14 12:44:41 PM

Curious: i'm in the minority here but Luke had a good point. the response by Pelosi and the other ladies was condescending and stupid. that the congress rewards old folks is IMO a problem. Pelosi said as much with her "i get young folks elected then age them to leadership" statement. ok that's a paraphrase.


I think the bigger issue is that no one has ever asked this to Steny Hoyer, Mitch McConnell or Harry Reid. I wonder why that is.
 
2012-11-14 12:45:49 PM

DamnYankees: jackiepaper: no, we young SF Democrats are not all happy with her. We just don't have a choice if we want member of the Democratic Party as our Representative.

You could have voted for her primary challenger, I suppose. Was it that protester lady again?


I'd like to have a viable other option, not some loon.
 
2012-11-14 12:50:23 PM

Tor_Eckman: And his father spins wildly in his grave.

fark you, Luke.


Exactly, that's a shiatty job by Tim Russert's son. He should know better than that.
 
2012-11-14 12:52:06 PM

jackiepaper: DamnYankees: jackiepaper: no, we young SF Democrats are not all happy with her. We just don't have a choice if we want member of the Democratic Party as our Representative.

You could have voted for her primary challenger, I suppose. Was it that protester lady again?

I'd like to have a viable other option, not some loon.


So run for Congress and be that viable option
 
2012-11-14 12:52:59 PM

hdhale: With respect, we have too many polarizing figures in Washington now. That's the problem. You might like how she rallies the troops, but to what end? Her verbal gaffes and references to Republican "risky schemes" over simple matters of differences in approach make it nearly impossible to take her seriously as someone who is capable of working on a bipartisan basis.


Let me guess... the bolded part is a reference to the "perfectly valid point of view that deserves respectful consideration" that Social Security be privatized. Right?
 
2012-11-14 12:53:23 PM

Lost Thought 00: Because she's farking great at her job, unlike Boehner


Right, her plan to win back the house in this election panned out brilliantly.
 
2012-11-14 12:55:40 PM

Steigen: Lost Thought 00: Because she's farking great at her job, unlike Boehner

Right, her plan to win back the house in this election panned out brilliantly.


I don't know of anyone, including Nancy Pelosi, who said the Dems had a shot at the House this time around.
 
2012-11-14 12:56:16 PM

hdhale:

With respect, we have too many polarizing figures in Washington now. That's the problem. You might like how she rallies the troops, but to what end?


One of the only things republicans are really good at are creating a brand to demonize. The reason Pelosi is "polarizing" is because the republicans make her out that way. If you replaced her, it would just be somebody new for the right-wing to spend their time turning into the devil.
 
2012-11-14 12:56:26 PM

DamnYankees: Curious: i'm in the minority here but Luke had a good point. the response by Pelosi and the other ladies was condescending and stupid. that the congress rewards old folks is IMO a problem. Pelosi said as much with her "i get young folks elected then age them to leadership" statement. ok that's a paraphrase.

I think the bigger issue is that no one has ever asked this to Steny Hoyer, Mitch McConnell or Harry Reid. I wonder why that is.


They reward experience, not age. It's like biatching that the chairman of you company is over 60. Why not give it to a 20 year old intern.
 
2012-11-14 12:56:26 PM

Steigen: Lost Thought 00: Because she's farking great at her job, unlike Boehner

Right, her plan to win back the house in this election panned out brilliantly.


I wasn't aware that was her job. The head of the DCCC is Steve Israel.
 
2012-11-14 12:56:32 PM
Wise ass-journalist
 
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