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    There, obviously. I noticed that Russert's twitter reply was that his question was "age-ist." Frankly, considering the power older people have over our lives (most people in power are not young, by any stretch) I find his question not only not age-ist, but also kind of silly. He's asking for someone "younger" to takeover, but by "younger" he means someone 50-60 rather than 70. The semantics really reveal the inanity of his critique. Someone younger? I could believe that if he meant someone in their 30-40s, or even 20s! But he doesn't. And so I'm unconvinced.

    Back to his sexism however, I find it EXTREMELY telling that Russert didn't even initially notice how offensively sexist his comments were. Apparently this is a full-grown man working for the government/people who doesn't even have a basic comprehension of sexism. THAT is effing sad.

    But of course the question is sexist. Did anyone tell McCain to step down due to his age? Or Reagan? Or McConnell? I find it hilariously discriminatory that the first women Speaker of the House, EVER, and now the Democrats best leader for their minority in the House is being asked to step down due to her age. Really, her age? Since we've already established that the age question is actually bogus, I can only surmise that Russert wasn't able to come up with any actual criticisms of Pelosi's leadership. Regardless, given the gender context of his criticisms, whether Russert meant to be sexist or not, his actions were and that's all that really matters.

    Personally, I'd be happy to see someone new in leadership, but by that I mean someone FAR younger who is less coy about her positions on the "fiscal cliff" deal. But failing that, I'm happy with Pelosi's work; she's a fine congresswoman.

    "When facts are reported, they deny the value of evidence; when the evidence is produced, they declare it inconclusive." -- Augustine, in The City of God.

    by Zek J Evets on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:04:59 AM PST

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