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[ 68 ] November 14, 2012 |

Luke Russert, who replaces John Podhoretz as the most unqualified beneficiary of nepotism in American life today, actually told Nancy Pelosi in a press conference that she was too old for her job. Watch Pelosi beat him down.

In other news, I am really glad Pelosi decided to serve another term as Minority Leader. She was a great Speaker and is a true champion for progressive causes. Plus Steny Hoyer would be a huge step down.

UPDATE [SL]: It seems worth noting here that Hoyer is a year older than Pelosi. This has to be the phoniest use of age as a pretext for other motives (in this case, egregious sexism) since FDR’s court-packing plan.

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  1. KadeKo says:

    Gawd, what a fekking twerp Lil’ Luke is.

    And his “some people” shit is priceless.

  2. DrDick says:

    Pelosi kicks ass and does not take prisoners. Unctuous little rich people’s affirmative action hire Li’l Luke best check to see if he has any nuts left.

    • Davis says:

      Pelosi got into politics late, but also very early. When she was a little girl, she greeted constituents at the front door of her father’s row house, legendary Baltimore mayor Tommy (the elder) D’Alesandro, and also learned from her older brother Tommy (the Younger), who also became mayor. But it was the enforcer, the formidable Annunciata D’Alesandro that Nancy is said to take after.

    • ChristianPinko says:

      “left”?

  3. Malaclypse says:

    Luke Russert, who replaces John Podhoretz as the most unqualified beneficiary of nepotism in American life today, actually told Nancy Pelosi in a press conference that she was too old for her job.

    While not defending either of your examples at all, let me just leave you with two words, next to each other: Jonah Goldberg.

    • Craigo says:

      Uhhhh…George W. Bush?

      • Meh, he was a pretty good baseball owner, which is at least infinitely more than Podheretz, Russert, or Goldberg can say about their collective accomplishments in life.

      • Erik Loomis says:

        Except that Bush was actually elected to his positions.

        • Well, one of them anyway.

        • Craigo says:

          If he weren’t a Bush, would he have been elected to anything? Hell, he wouldn’t even have gotten his sinecure in the MLB if not for Poppy.

          • That’s not really nepotism though.

            • Craigo says:

              I don’t know you think so.

              What exactly had he accomplished to that point in his life that his father’s rich friends would reward him with the managing partnership of an MLB franchise?

              What did he do, besides run an MLB team into the ground, that would warrant his father’s rich friends into running him for Governor and clearing the primary in the biggest GOP wave since 1946?

              Would this man have accomplished anything if his wealthy, influential father not cleared the way for him repeatedly?

              • Huh? The Rangers had a winning record in four of the five seasons Bush was the managing partner, and went on to win their first division title in 1996. That was as many winning seasons as they had in the preceding 12 years. Couple with getting a new stadium, I don’t see how that’s running a team into the ground.

                As for qualification, well, I don’t really know what qualifies you to own a baseball team beyond having the money to afford it, but Bush’s partners needed someone with political connections to help them lobby for the new stadium, and he made a pretty excellent public face for ownership.

                • wengler says:

                  The AL West was total crap the first years after they went to three divisions a league. Also Texas used the money they had ripped off the taxpayers in the new stadium deal to sign Alex Rodriguez to an unprecedented contract, successfully leading their team to successive last place finishes.

                  Bushie did a heckuva job.

                • Sherm says:

                  That’s not really nepotism though.

                  Bush’s partners needed someone with political connections to help them lobby for the new stadium….

                  How is that not nepotism?

                • “Also Texas used the money they had ripped off the taxpayers in the new stadium deal to sign Alex Rodriguez to an unprecedented contract…”

                  Bush sold all of his shares in the Rangers years before the A-Rod signing (obligatory observation that A-Rod was worth every penny, unlike Juan Gonzalez, Chan Ho Park, et al). That’s all on Tom Hicks.

                • “How is that not nepotism?”

                  Because nepotism at least implies a lack of qualifications, and Bush actually had the attributes his partners were looking for. There’s a difference between nepotism (i.e. giving someone a job they’re manifestly unqualified for) and simply having an innate advantage over someone else due to familial reasons.

        • Manta says:

          Agree with Erik, here; and I would add: twice.

        • Aziz says:

          at the UN in the 60 s We will destroy you [the U.S.] from witihn so has Communism entered into our Country and is destroying us; our freedom, our way of living, our worship, our childbearing, etc. What is the answer to this horror? Only a Divine Intervention will correct the conscience of the world. Only through the intercession and triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will we have peace. It’s way past the time for Christians to come together to fight this scourge of our country. Without God’s intervention it will look hopeless, but that’s when He will act; when we are brought to our knees! Pray, pray, pray , Our Lady cries out but no one listens or even deny’s her message to humanity. Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved spouse! May the Holy Spirit renew the face of the earth!Deacon John

      • NonyNony says:

        W was more qualified to be President by the time he got to the Oval Office than Luke Russert is to do whatever job it is that Luke Russert does.

        It pains me to put the words “more qualified” anywhere near W’s name, but compared to Luke Russert? Maybe 40 years from now when Luke Russert is hosting Meet the Press he’ll actually be qualified enough to sit and ask softball questions of Republicans while nodding sagely and looking “smart”. You wouldn’t think that it would take much to qualify for a job like that, but Luke Russert underperforms.

    • greylocks says:

      Obligatory Joe Buck reference inserted here.

  4. Craigo says:

    I have a feeling Chris Van Hollen would give Steny Hoyer a good race if it came to that.

    • mds says:

      Yeah, given how much it worries actual Democrats that Steny Hoyer might end up leading the House Democratic caucus, why should he stay in the #2 position (besides the obvious lowbrow humor reason)? A whole bunch of his ideological fellow-travelers have been flushed out of the chamber, so what does he bring to the table any more?

      • Njorl says:

        “…so what does he bring to the table any more?”

        Think of him as a big pacifier shoved into the mouths of the collective conservative Dems. It would be a grave mistake to make someone speaker whose primary purpose has been to keep people’s mouths shut.

  5. Mike says:

    Pelosi is even older than Diane Sawyer! Ugh yech.

    There are so many better choices for Dem leader. I’m hearing great things about this Joe Kennedy III. He hasn’t even taken office yet and he has developed so many close friendships with the real power brokers and movers and shakers you need to get introductions to in the real world of politics. This guy is either a prodigy or, more likely, just a really really really hard worker.

    Either him or G.K. Butterfield.

  6. Pelosi is even older than Diane Sawyer! Ugh yech.

    Is this a joke?

  7. BEATDOWN: PELOSI-STYLE.

    Luke, you just got SERVED.

  8. Not that it’s the most important point here, but it’s worth noting that Pelosi has, by choosing people like Debbie Wasserman-Shultz and Kendrick Meeks, been quite good at bringing relatively younger members into leadership positions.

  9. dollared says:

    You guys just don’t get it. Your unfair treatment of Luke just confirms how hard he has had to work to earn and keep his sterling reputation and his challenging role in our national media.

    All those people in the video groaning at his question just confirms that people are truly biased against a young white man trying to make his way in the world.

    Forever, Luke will remember this and be able to empathize with the stories of hardship and struggle of people like Paul Ryan, John Ensign, TheNextBush, and other people who have been treated unfairly and subjected to unreasonable demands merely because they were cursed with wealthy, successful parents (or grandparents) and the greatest curse of all, being a white male, which (as you will note) does not have its own separate professional mentoring, support and advancement associations, like all those women and colored people.

    • Willard "Mitt" Romney says:

      Forever, Luke will remember this and be able to empathize with the stories of hardship and struggle of people like Paul Ryan, John Ensign, TheNextBush, and other people who have been treated unfairly and subjected to unreasonable demands merely because they were cursed with wealthy, successful parents (or grandparents) and the greatest curse of all, being a white male, which (as you will note) does not have its own separate professional mentoring, support and advancement associations, like all those women and colored people.

      I keep telling people – if my father had been Mexican, instead of just being born in Mexico while still remaining white and delightsome, then I’d have won this election.

      I still don’t understand how I lost, for Pete’s sake.

      • Halloween Jack says:

        You sure would have saved a shitload on spray-on tans, Mittens. Not that that’s a concern to you, particularly.

      • Reasonable 4ce says:

        I thought you called yourself Mitt “Mitt” Romney.

        • Malaclypse says:

          I believe that more than one Mitt graces this humble blog.

          Not that I would have any way to know that for sure, of course.

      • Gofrane says:

        Rant On:This pisses me off so badly! What’s the point of hnviag a democratic president and a spineless democratic majority if they can’t even deliver a health care bill that a majority of Americans want?I hate to say this but you know damn well if it were the republicans who pushed for health care reform with a strong public option and they had the White House and the majority in both the houses they would use every dirty trick in the book, including reconciliation to assure that they would get health care reform with a strong public option.I am really becoming fed up with the democrats.They continue phase two of the bank/Wall Street bailout without adding strings, to force the banks to make money available for loans or to force them to work with home owners so they won’t lose their homes.They wouldn’t get behind the Sanders amendment which would have capped the interest a credit card company or bank can charge it’s customers at 15%.They haven’t repealed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 or the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 as both helped lead to the financial. They have failed to reinstate Glass-Steagall.We are still going to be stuck in two failed wars for ..?We are still being spied on by our government.NAFTA needs to be rewritten.I guess one good thing coming soon (hopefully) is a bill by congressman DeFazio which will allow a tax on every Wall Street transaction.This was done between 1916 through 1966.One more thing that needs to be done is for the Churches to have their tax exemption status taken away. It’s time that Churches start forking over some tax money to help out their own country and people. Rant Off.

    • Ed says:

      Excellent stuff. But the GOP seems to be hoping that the TheNextBush will be an attractive electoral blend of old and new -with the magic name but a duskier hue:

      http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/11/some-texas-republicans-already-cheering-for-super-prospect-george-p-bush/

  10. wengler says:

    I can’t imagine this question being asked of any Republican and/or male politician. NBC should be embarrassed that they employ this reporter.

    • owlbear1 says:

      Oh I bet they are but I’m sure Big Russ had a metric shit ton of compromising information to pass on to Lil’ Luke.

  11. David Mathias says:

    Luke Russert, who replaces John Podhoretz as the most unqualified beneficiary of nepotism in American life today,

    Luke Russert’s father had a job for NBC News. Nancy Pelosi’s father was in the House of Representatives. That is where the similarities end. Nancy Pelosi is probably not even a beneficiary of nepotism. I doubt that people elect her for who her father was, and she does not even use her father’s name.

    • mark f says:

      Plus her father’s base was in Baltimore and hers is in San Francisco. A D’Alessandro connection probably has more juice in Steny Hoyer’s district than her own.

    • Erik Loomis says:

      Is there anything in that sentence that suggests I think Pelosi has benefited from nepotism?

    • Ed says:

      Nancy Pelosi is probably not even a beneficiary of nepotism.

      I think Pelosi is swell but it’s foolish to say that coming from a political family with the accompanying know-how and connections did not benefit her. It’s not nepotism in the most naked sense but it helps. A lot.

      • Davis X. Machina says:

        It doesn’t much help now, though… getting into the House, sure, maybe, but rising to Speaker?

        That’s not something the Baltimore machine can help much with.

        • Ed says:

          It doesn’t much help now, though… getting into the House, sure, maybe, but rising to Speaker?

          No argument there. Pelosi is a talented and savvy politician, much better than I gave her credit for when I voted for Harry Britt instead of Nancy back when. But “getting in the door” is not a piece of cake.

          (Tagg Romney said something along those lines just recently – yes, all that financial and other help from the parental units in his career was useful getting him in the door – I think he used the exact phrase — but it didn’t help him once he was in, etc., etc. Not that I think the cases of Junior and Nancy are remotely equal.)

      • Malaclypse says:

        It’s not nepotism in the most naked sense but it helps. A lot.

        And being born a Wallenda helps one become an acrobat, but it still takes genuine skill on a tightrope. The sort of skill that NANCY SMASH has, and Lil Luke never will.

      • But a big part of the way it helps is by making Pelosi a better politician because she’s been around the game her whole life.

    • Richmond says:

      Pelosi benefitted from a machine/dynasty but it was Burton not D’Alessandro.

  12. Aren’t we missing an Adam Bellow reference around here somewhere?

  13. thebewilderness says:

    “Is our children learning?”
    By all means keep serving up the misogyny for Nancy Smash, Lil Lukie!

  14. laura says:

    Pelosi (who remains awesome) also makes the important point that she had to take 14 years out for childrearing. She’s lucky to be married to wealth in Paul Pelosi that she could stay home with her kids (which a lot of women can’t afford to do obviously) but age-wise it put her behind comparable men or childless women in her career. In politics she would always have been competing with younger people who had the same tenure. So, yes, it’s dumb and offensive to suggest she should hang it up now that she’s reached her early 70s.

  15. DivGuy says:

    I really enjoyed the Pelosi beatdown of Luke Russert. It’s still my second favorite “Luke Russert is an ass” video on the internet, though. Brian Williams, take it away…

    Luke Russert humiliated (and with good reason!) by Brian Williams on election night 2008.

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