From The ‘No He Didn’t’ File: Reporter Luke Russert Calls Pelosi ‘Old’ (VIDEO)
Or, he may as well have. It’d be funny if it didn’t suggest an authentically myopic view about age and how it’s used to judge another’s ability and effectiveness: At a press conference to announce her decision to retain her post as leader of the minority caucus, Nancy Pelosi opened the floor to the attending reporters and 27-year-old Luke Russert (son of the late, great, Tim Russert) put his youthful foot in his mouth by asking the following:
“Your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership. What’s your response?”
See video below for her answer to that…the word “offensive” came up:
Whether or not Russert’s assertion is true (Is it? How does he know? What colleagues?), the ham-handed density of asking a respected professional woman, one who’s worked her way up the ranks as a successful member of Congress, whether or not she thinks she’s too old to be an effective leader is “offensive.” In fact, it’s offensive on a number of levels, from its implication that age alone impacts effectiveness, to the notion that an older women is ripe to receive that kind of clumsy query, right down to the perception that Russert was well aware of how “sizzling” his question was and asked it for exactly the attention it’s bringing him.
“Privately gripe”? Well, not so private now that they’ve got you to be their spokes-reporter! I’m thinking lobbyist might be your next best profession, Luke.