Poor Luke Russert got cut off at the knees today after he asked Nancy Pelosi if her old self was blocking a younger generation of Democrats from attaining power. That's a solid question, as Russert points out himself, the Democratic Party's caucus leaders will all be over 70 years old. Compare that to the GOP party which is grooming its young stars like Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor and priming some of them for 2016 (and beyond!). Where are the Democrats' next crop of leaders?It's a solid point (Dave Weigel thinks so!). And we wouldn't have played the "Is she going to go?" game in the past few days if the possibility of Pelosi's retirement wasn't an issue facing the party.
But that isn't what Russert said this morning. Russert's quote went like this (video here): "Mrs. Pelosi ... 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?"
And the point he got across, and what Nancy Pelosi heard was something like "Why don't you retire, old lady?"
So how could he have done that better? Well here are a few suggestions we noticed: