Lesley Stahl Raises Questions About Pelosi’s Age In 60 Minutes Interview, Democrats Don’t Appreciate It

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Lesley Stahl’s 60 Minutes interview with Nancy Pelosi aired yesterday and there are some interesting highlights. One exchange that is getting a lot of people fired up was on the subject of age. Specifically, Stahl raised questions about Nancy Pelosi’s advancing age, as well as that of many other lawmakers.

STAHL: Can we talk about the A-word?

PELOSI: What’s that?


PELOSI: Oh, age!

STAHL: You’re 80.

PELOSI: Right.

STAHL: Your number two, Steny Hoyer’s 81. Your number three, Jim Clyburn, is 80. Why haven’t you brought young people into the leadership? We’ve

PELOSI: Because we have. You perhaps don’t know.

STAHL: Why does AOC complain that you have not been grooming younger people for leadership?

PELOSI: I don’t know. You’ll have to ask her  because we are.

STAHL: that was kind of sharp, kinda dismissing her.

PELOSI: I’m not dismissing her. I respect her. I think she’s very effective as are other, many other members in our caucus that the press doesn’t pay attention to. But they are there and they are building support for what comes next.

Which is just a little hilarious because Stahl is 79 and Nancy is 80.

And honestly, the outrage about the question is comical for two reasons: Dianne Feinstein and Joe Biden.

Democrats have previously questioned Dianne Feinstein’s fitness for office due to her advanced age, commenting that she’s “noticeably slowed in recent years.” That she “sometimes gets confused by reporters’ questions.” That she “will offer different answers to the same question depending on where or when she’s asked.” That “her appearance is frail.” That she may not “have the energy” to fight this confirmation battle. That “she’s not sure what she’s doing.” That she “relies heavily on her ever-present staff to deal with any issues, frequently turning to them for help in responding to inquiries.”

At the same time, Democrats have refused to acknowledge the exact same issues indicating a mental decline in Joe Biden.

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But Democrats really didn’t appreciate the question and many balked at the hypocrisy of a 79 year old woman criticizing the age of an 80 year old woman.

I personally think that in a government stacked (on both sides) with lifelong politicians who have apparently amassed considerable wealth during their time in “public service,” questions about Nancy Pelosi’s age and years in office were perfectly acceptable.