Washington is agog, as they say, about a testy confrontation Wednesday between Nancy Pelosi and NBC correspondent Luke Russert.
"Some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on [as House minority leader] prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long run," Russert said. "What's your response?"
Pelosi’s response was to accuse Russert of partisanship -- "Oh, you always ask that question, except to Mitch McConnell” -- and to point out that, unlike male colleagues who joined the House in their 30s, "I came to Congress when my youngest child, Alexandra, was a senior in high school, practically on her way to college.”
I’m not sure the latter response is really relevant to Russert’s question. That Pelosi got a late start because she conformed to traditional views about women’s priorities doesn’t alter the fact that the 72-year-old Pelosi and her two male deputies, who are also in their 70s, represent a political Old Guard. (Whether that’s a problem is debatable. Voters in California were happy this month to reelect 79-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein.)