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Bright Young Thing Luke Russert Asks Nancy Pelosi Why An Old Lady Like Her Won’t Step Aside For Someone Young and Cute

So here is your video of Luke Russert being an ass to Nancy Pelosi at her press conference announcing she intends to continue as House Minority Leader. Because, surely there are some 24-year-olds who would be really good at Dem Leadering. Doesn’t that old lady know that Gen Y always thinks they get to be the boss?

Oh, and speaking of boss, that is how Nancy handles the twerp: Like a BOSS.

Luke, we understand that with your immense qualifications as a journamalist, you may not actually know anything about age discrimination, women, or the intersection of the two, particularly since you work in a business where women are sent off to ride the Death Carousel as soon as they hit thirty.

But let us simply savor Pelosi’s “I refuse to make an issue of your youth and inexperience’ moment here:

“Oh you always ask that question except to Mitch McConnell.”

“Let’s for a moment honor it as a legitimate question.”

And because she is diplomatic, she does not make creative use of her gavel.

[YouTube via Kaili at DailyKos]

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  1. snowpointsecret

    "What's your response to the thought that you should step aside in your leadership role for Honey Boo Boo?"

    1. justagurlinseattle

      Turtles live to be REALLY OLD…… he might have a few good years left before his chins…. I mean shell.. wears out….

    1. BigSkullF*ckingDog

      C'mon people. It's for freedom! I also support the petitions to allow Texas and Arizona to secede from the union.

      1. Living in Joy

        I'm beginning to think that Tim Russert's contract with NBC had a provision in it to take of his little boy in the event of his unlikely demise including giving him a job he clearly does not deserve or perform well. NBC did not anticipate having to honor that part of the contract while young Timmy was still being potty trained.

      1. Beowoof

        Charlie Pierce regularly points out Dave's dance skills. Referring to MTP as Disco Dave's Dance Party and Dave himself as the Dancin Master.

    1. Living in Joy

      Absolutely. What doesn't Gregory step down and let some of the younger journalists (really there is only one wet behind the ears) have a shot. I hear it is said privately among SOME people at NBC.

    1. HarryButtle

      I'd like to brag once again that SHE IS MY CONGRESSWOMAN! Please remember her the next time you make some crack about Arizona…and then feel free to make the crack anyway, since the vast majority of the state is fucked in the head. But please remember the few of us who aren't.

      1. DCBloom

        I guess I'd brag if I were you, but please, have a heart. Some of us are stuck with teabaggers "representing" us. Mine is Virginia Foxx. Do you feel my pain?

  2. snowpointsecret

    Nancy Pelosi is seriously that old? Maybe only being 21 makes it hard for me to detect how old people are but I wouldn't have guessed she was 72… Maybe 62. Maybe.

      1. snowpointsecret

        Shh, don't tell Kasich.

        (I'm stuck here right now taking care of two people recovering from surgery so in down times I don't have much else to do either!)

        1. PugglesRule

          It's okay, Young Padawan. You have learned the secret handshakes and terms. We'll let you stay here in Boomerville.

        1. snowpointsecret

          At 11:47 AM on a Wednesday when I'm taking care of a couple of people when it's freezing out? Not really.

  3. CapeClod

    She should have said, "Well, I could let my daughter take over, but people would complain about it being nepotism, since she doesn't have half the skills I have."

  4. editor

    "hey, nancy pelosi! you're old! did you know that? i think you're old!"
    "no, seriously, you're old! older than old! OLD!"
    "with any luck, one day you will be too."

    go nancy.

  5. Mumbletypeg

    Nancy waited til her youngest was in high school to enter politics eh? Sarah Palin was hatching plots to take overmakeover the Governor's mansion while her fourth mommy's dearest was just a sprog!

  6. hagajim

    This coming from a guy who would probably be working at a local newspaper in Bumfuck Idaho had his Dad not been on the teevee and given him the opportunities he has….good gawd.

    1. Defeatably_Joe

      Hardly. Tim was honestly just a cuddlier version of Chuck Todd or David Gregory. Luke is practically keeping the family tradition alive, in his own illiterate way.

      GO BILLS!

  7. Goonemeritus

    Luke still seems to be swimming in his father’s shoes. Maybe he should give up and visit Buster Brown.

  8. SexySmurf

    Because, surely there are some 24-year-olds who would be really good at Dem Leadering.

    I suggest Channing Tatum.

  9. Both Sides Do It

    Did he ask that at a press conference for the Women's Caucus? Jeeeeeee-zus.

    "As President of the NAACP, don't you think that someone a bit more competent should be launching this new voting rights initiative? I mean, you want people to think you're taking it seriously, right?"

    "Yes, Chuck, I was able to speak with Senator Warren for a few minutes. No word on who she's thinking about hiring for her staff that will explain the more complex economic issues to her that she doesn't know about, but she says, quote, 'I'm sure I'll muddle through this legislative session somehow.' Chuck."

  10. FiscalClifford

    This is the Politics of Distraction, trying to get us to ignore the real issue. Namely, no shit, Pelosi is over 70? Yowsa! My mom looked older than that when she was 40.

    (Then again, she was a giant dog. And in dog years, 40 is like pushing Methuselah.)

    1. Defeatably_Joe

      Working at a hospital for teh cancers, one thing I've learned a while ago is that you can be an "old" 70 or a "young" 70, and it depends on a lot of stuff, like genetics, level of activity, and various others.

      But yeah, my grandfather is in his mid-80's, and people still regularly think he's my father, and 30 years younger, incredibly.

    2. BigSkullF*ckingDog

      Welcome fellow big red dog! Word of warning: watch out for the cats around here. Some of them are scary, but I like the way their butts smell.

      1. FiscalClifford

        Sounds nice. I live in a state where it's still illegal to smell a cat's butt if you're a dog. Damn this oppression.

    3. LibertyLover

      Welcome Big Red Skulleffing Cliff- Just layoff the kangas, they will kick ya in the teeth if they've a mind to.

  11. Abernathy

    Question: Luke Russsert, do you think your not dying of shame on the spot and continuing to waste a fairly sizeable amount of space at press conferences is preventing less shitastic reporters from asking real question?

  12. Terry

    Someone young and cute? Like Steny Hoyer? I'm a fan of Steny's and he's a handsome man, but no one could by any stretch of the imagination call him young, let alone cute.

  13. BaldarTFlagass

    They cut out the part at the end where Nancy says, "You can have your testicles back after the press conference, Luke."

  14. calliecallie

    Luke is so toast. You think Nancy has a secret vengeful streak? I do. Don't get mad, get even. Yeah, Luke is toast.

  15. not that Dewey

    That’s the contempt with which NBC News views the occupation of journalism. To make Luke Russert a congressional reporter is to say, “We believe that this job requires no particular knowledge, training or skills. If a German Shepard could be trained to speak, it could perform this work.”

    -Alex Pareene

  16. twoeightnine

    Worst part about Buffalo, NY?* Bills fans worship this asshat because they worshiped his father for being a Bills fan despite the fact that they never watched his show.

    *Not the worst part about Buffalo, NY.

  17. Biel_ze_Bubba

    It's really a shame she didn't have the gavel, so she could stand there, softly pounding it into her left hand, while she grinned and looked him in the eye.

  18. neiltheblaze

    Has anyone asked Luke if he now understands why Democrats would give Elizabeth Warren a prime-time spot at the national convention? He seemed to have trouble with the concept at one time.

  19. Lucidamente1

    From Baby Russert's twitter, and I'm not making this up:

    The longer the top 3 stay, the longer it takes to infuse the caucus with new blood like #GOP did w Cantor, Ryan, McCarthy etc.

    1. BoroPrimorac

      Call me when the young guns pass a bill that doesn't have to do with what dessert to serve in the cafeteria.

    2. barkway

      Skippy Russert never had to pay his dues. Just jumped to the top of the professional ladder because his Dad was famous so he & others of his generation have no concept of EARNING those top, leadership roles through years of experience, and proving oneself. I'm sure he really believes his Young Guns that he so admires are the older congressional members' equals.

    1. docterry6973

      Tim Russert was a Famous and Respected Journalist and Pundit who never asked anyone a question that they might not want to answer, because he wanted to keep his 'access'.

      His son is handed a network microphone because of his last name, and now he is telling Nancy Pelosi how she should do her job? Luke Russert??? His lack of self-awareness is incomprehensible.

  20. whiskeyme

    What an ASS. Too young and inexperienced to know any better. If Russert is smart at all, which I seriously doubt, he'll skulk away with his tail between his legs, his voice several octaves higher, with a a lesson learned.

  21. prommie

    OT Breaking Slutvember News: Sources say that 30,000 pages of emails, that it was Steamy XXX Xplicit sexy talk! Emailed phone sex! This is the best Slutvember ever, already, and its only just begun!

  22. elviouslyqueer

    Luke, I think you should learn to be comfortable with a vagina, because the dick that Nancy ripped off you isn't growing back any time soon.

  23. An_Outhouse

    Poor Luke was flustered. He meant to ask "can you tell me how to get old lady smell out of my 'new to me' car?"

  24. barkway

    Had Skippy paid the regular dues most journalists do prior to being assigned a White House correspondent post instead of being handed the coveted job straight out of college & riding his father's coattails, he might have learned the decorum and finesse that more mature DC journalists acquire as a consequence of years of experience. I'm sure those who were in line for his position (& who had paid their dues) had a good and deserved snicker at his expense while also quietly muttering amonst themselves in sweet vindication for being passed over in favor of a wet behind the ears college grad, "See? I told Chuck Todd & David Gregory that this boy wasn't qualified for this job."

  25. docterry6973

    Nancy Pelosi didn't get to be Speaker by smiling, even though she has a nice smile, and she didn't get to be Speaker by fainting every time some punk lipped off to her.

    She got it by taking on the toughest pols in the universe and cutting their heart out, with votes.

    So I hope that that Luke 'Nepotism' Russert decides to take her on.

  26. the_deliverator

    aw man, i was hoping for the Pelosi transforms into a fire-breathing rage gif for this one. also, too, Russert is a total twerp.

  27. BoatOfVelociraptors

    I believe that woosie is the preferred nomenclature. Additionally, who photoshopped those dummies for the bazaar? I have seen more persuasive photoshop lengthening techniques in spam emails. Seriously, that neck is a whole different shade of beige. Look at it.

  28. LadyWisdom

    Luke Russert is an idiot. Were it not for nepotism, he'd be managing a McDonald's. NBC really ought to re-think that hire.

    1. Rotundo_

      Luke would be lucky to be a fry vat pilot. He's not bright enough to work any equipment without little beepy-timers to tell him what to do, so scrubbing shitter is off the list for him, and his people skills are obviously wanting so counter work is out too.

  29. Jennyjen798

    Oh man I'd totally join Nancy's youngish liberal slut army but I'd probably only last a session in Texas before some crazy republican man got all uppity!

  30. Grokenstein


    I want to shove my boot up his dumbshit ass and then go for a long hike over rocks and broken glass.

    Kudos to Nancy for being considerably classier but still spanking the little bastard bright red.

  31. Negropolis

    She should have smiled, quieted the room, and then "shusshed" Luke and said "Quiet! Grown folks are talking."

  32. Roger_of_Arabia

    Luke what's your response to the idea that you should step aside for someone with talent and who has paid his dues in the trenches rather than using your dad to get to the head of the line?

  33. Smithboy

    Luke was taken aback by the visceral reaction to his question and rightfully decided not to ask his follow up question which was…"Have any of you ladies ever been raped?"

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