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Pelosi Scolds Reporter For Age Query

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by women House Democrats, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, where she announced that she wants to remain as the top Democrat in the House of Representatives. From left are, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., Rep.-elect Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, Pelosi, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Rep.-elect Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) scolded NBC reporter Luke Russert Wednesday for what she called an "offensive" question about whether her age is a hindrance for the strength of the Democratic Party. "Some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long term,” Russert asked. "What’s your response?" "Next," Pelosi answered, waving her hand as women from the House Democratic Caucus booed and hissed behind her/Adele Hampton, The Hill. More here.

Question: At what age should an entrenched politician step aside to pave way for younger leaders?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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