Dave Weigel, at Slate:
When Nancy Pelosi rolled, she rolled deep. The current minority leader of the Democrats in the House arrived at her announcement presser with most of the House’s incoming class of female members. There was Rep.-elect Tammy Duckworth wearing a star-spangled prosthetic leg. There were Kyrsten Sinema and Tulsi Gabbard, age 36 and 31, who’d be the House’s first openly bisexual member and its first Hindu member, respectively.* There was an old Pelosi ally, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, unable to find space on the stage because of the crowd. “It’s a good problem to have,” said the leader.
Pelosi’s wind-up was epic. For nearly 10 minutes, she praised her fellow female members and admitted that “we want more.”… Finally, after cable had cut away, she announced that she’d “made the decision that some of you might have some interest in.” She was running for leader again. Her team of women burst into cheers…
Pelosi started taking questions. The first one that broached the reality—that Pelosi, for the second time, would be leading a minority—came from Luke Russert of NBC News.
“Mrs. Pelosi,” said Russert, “some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having younger leadership. It hurts the party in the long term. What’s your response?”
The women around Pelosi erupted—booing, hissing, one member snapping “discrimination!” Pelosi told Russert to ask the same question to Mitch McConnell. The women cheered.
“Excuse me!” interjected Russert, who was asking a question that was inevitably going to come up. “You, Mr. Hoyer, Mr. Clyburn, you’re all over 70. Does staying on prevent younger leadership from moving forward?”
“So you’re suggesting that everyone move aside?” asked Pelosi.
“No, I’m simply saying that to delay younger leadership from moving forward …”
“Let’s, for the moment, honor that as a legitimate question, even though it’s very offensive. You don’t realize that, I guess. The fact is that everything I have done in my, I guess, decade now of leadership, is to let younger and newer people come up. In my own personal experience, it was very important for me to elect young women. I came to Congress when my youngest, Alexandra, was in college. I knew that men who came here in their 30s had a jump on me.”…
“When you’re young, you don’t know what you don’t know,” said Rep.-elect Lois Frankel, who’d just won a seat in south Florida. “We saw all those billboards in 2010—fire Pelosi! But when you get to know her, she’s just the nicest, sweetest person you can imagine.”
Luke Russert, celebrity spokesmodel for the Lucky Sperm Club, speaking up for the Pisher Party. He isn’t fit to lick Pelosi’s sensible pumps, and that’s his only real skill set.