Update 11:23 a.m. : So obviously the big news of the day is that Pelosi is staying on as House Minority Leader—a question that was being thrown by political pundits since the election. But there's something funny that happened at the press conference Pelosi had announcing her decision to stay on. In the first few seconds (video below) you can hear Luke Russert's disembodied voice ask if Pelosi's decision to stay is blocking a younger generation of Democratic leadership from taking over. This was swiftly met by boos and a big old "NEXT!" from Pelosi herself:
And, yes, about 54 seconds in, there it is (no not the McConnell thing): a Pelosi Zinger—the kind of zinger designed to make you feel small. "Let's honor that as a legitimate question, though it's quite offensive," says Pelosi. Ouch.
But did Russert have a point while offending Pelosi? Because this is a press conference and whatnot, Russert didn't get to give the reasoning behind his questioning ... which is why he's taking it to Twitter and explaining himself more eloquently:
While Pelosi laughed off my Q as age-ist, many House Ds will privately gripe it hurts caucus that all 3 leaders are 70+.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) November 14, 2012
And he thinks that Democrats should be looking at grooming stars like Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan. Well not literally Cantor or Ryan, but you get the picture:
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.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) November 14, 2012
Original: After three days of exclusive meetings with top House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi will announce today that she'll keep her position as House Minority Leader, ABC News and CNN are reporting.
Pelosi staying as Dem leader in House, per source close to her— Rick Klein (@rickklein) November 14, 2012
I think that’s probably the hottest question in the capitol right now...But personally, if you ask me, I would be shocked if she left. It would really surprise me if she stepped aside.