Nancy Pelosi can think on her feet and when Luke Russert asks her at a press conference, where she is announcing that she is staying on as Minority Leader, if she should be thinking about clearing the way for younger leadership, this is what happened.
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?
Pelosi: You’ve always asked that question, but not to Mitch McConnell.
Let’s for the moment honor it as a legitimate question although it’s quite offensive but you don’t realize it I guess. The fact is that everything that I have done in my almost decade now of leadership is to elect younger and newer people to the Congress. In my own personal experience it was very important for me to elect young women. I came to Congress when my youngest child Alexandra was a senior in high school and practically on her way to college. I knew that my male colleagues had come when they were 30. They had a jump on me because they didn’t have to, children to stay home. Now, I did what I wanted to do, I was blessed to have that opportunity to sequentially raise my family and then come to Congress. But I wanted women to be here in greater numbers at an earlier age so that their seniority would start to account much sooner. And it wasn’t confined to women, though. […]
You’ve got to take off of that 14 years for me because I was home raising a family, getting the best experience of all in diplomacy, interpersonal skills. No, the answer is no.
So good, you should watch the clip. (Thanks to JE for the link).