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Luke Russert’s Belch

THE HACKERY of Luke Russert once again reveals the problem with not earning the job you have in Washington. No one can ask a pertinent question with any aplomb, something that’s required when facing a phalanx of feminine political powerhouses who rightly take an ageism question for what it is. Sexism.

“Some of your colleagues privately”… yada-yada-yada…

Hiding behind the anonymous sourcing that allows coverage to descend into Don’t Look At Me But He Said It nonsense, Russert is the boy reporter clearly in over his head.

It’s not like former Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to work to get where she is.

It’s not that Minority Leader Pelosi has bested men to get there, the first in history to do some of what she’s done.

It’s not like women have to wait longer to arrive either.

It’s that the broad is over 70 and the boys are talking that it’s time to put the old crone in the attic.

It never even occurred to Russert that the men waiting in line are the same generation as Pelosi.

It just gets old seeing a woman around so long. As Chris Cilizza dragged out on Wednesday, she’ll be a poster for the Republicans yet again and we can’t have that. It doesn’t matter that men in similar positions of power end up being mocked too, without relinquishing what they’ve earned.

The other point is that the subject at the heart of the question is important. The continued recycling of the same people in Congress, with the seniority never making way for new blood and passion, as well as new ideas coming from another generation is an important point.

It says something about Russert that he couldn’t think of an intelligent way to ask that question. The answer from Pelosi might have been worth hearing.

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6 Responses to Luke Russert’s Belch

  1. ladywalker68 November 15, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    Not a huge fan of Pelosi but I did appreciate the way she answered. Especially the part (and I am paraphrasing) when she called it out for what it was: an insult and the fact that the guy who asked the question didn’t get that it was or why it would be.

    • Taylor Marsh November 15, 2012 at 1:23 am #

      Yeah, Pelosi codifying Hyde in ACA was the tipping point for me. But she handled Russert like he was a gnat. It was priceless.

      • jinbaltimore November 15, 2012 at 4:25 am #

        For me it was “Impeachment is off the table” for the Bush war criminals, which, after Clinton’s impeachment for, um, nothing, soured me on more than just Pelosi, but also made me seriously question my support of the Democratic Party in general, for the first time in almost thirty years.

        And as a fellow-Baltimoron who wanted her to do well, it especially stung.

  2. fangio November 15, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    The voters keep re-electing Pelosi, Feinstein and a lot of other men and women without ever asking the question, ” What have you done for me lately. ” The answer is usually nothing and their still around simply because of loyalty. I always said loyalty is for the Mafia.

  3. jjamele November 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Just the idea of Luke RUSSERT questioning anyone’s right be in a position she earned strikes me as blindingly hypocritical. As if Luke RUSSERT got to where he is, at the age of 27, based purely on his talent and hard work. PLEASE!!

  4. mjsmith November 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    “This arrogant response is representative of the entitlement of an elite group of politicians who think the media doing its job is an insulting intrusion on their privilege. It’s obscene.”

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