Cat fight! ’60 Minutes’ asked Pelosi about AOC and it was not a pretty sight
Twenty years ago, when it was Democrats who wanted to “stop the steal,” Democrat Al Gore gave a political bromide for the ages.
He called George W. Bush to retract his concession speech, signaling his challenge to Florida’s results and launching America on five weeks of hell that, arguably, led us to being where we are now. When the Texas Republican reacted to the news, Gore replied, “You don’t have to get snippy about this.”
Well, brother, you ain’t seen snippy until you see someone ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the Democrats’ conscience and chairwoman of the House Mensa Caucus, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Pelosi on Sunday appeared in a “60 Minutes” segment that, like all “60 Minutes” segments, gives Democrats a chance to tell the world how awful Republicans are. No news there. The actual news came when CBS’s Lesley Stahl asked what seemed to be a non sequitur to the rest of Pelosi’s rant.
“Can we talk about the A-word?” Stahl coyly asked, drawing in an unsuspecting Pelosi. When the speaker asked what “A” was, Stahl said “age.”
Stahl pointed out Pelosi is 80, and added, “Your number two, Steny Hoyer’s 81. Your number three, Jim Clyburn, is 80. Why haven’t you brought young people into the leadership?”
“Because we have. You perhaps don’t know,” Pelosi shot back.
“Why does AOC complain that you have not been grooming younger people for leadership?” Stahl asked.
“You’ll have to ask her– because we are,” said Pelosi.
“That was kind of sharp, kinda dismissing her,” Stahl offered. To which Pelosi answered, “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.”
You could almost feel the tension through the screen. Her reaction was sufficiently piqued that one might think the plaid-clad yokel who rested his work boots on Pelosi’s desk during last week’s riot at the Capitol might have been safer in the moment that AOC was at that point.
Had she been more quick-witted, Pelosi could have pointed out that Stahl is 79 and asked why she wasn’t grooming younger reporters.
Nonetheless, shame on Twitter user AusTexGent for engaging in sexist stereotypes. But, it’s hard to dispute his take.
— AusTexGent (@AusTexGent) January 11, 2021
Pelosi and President-elect Joe Biden share something beyond the fact that they have been in Congress since our elected leaders still used powdered wigs and parchment.
They also don’t like their media friends to ask hard questions. And while Stahl’s question seemed to come out of left field for the context of the interview Pelosi’s response brought to mind her response when a reporter asked if she hated President Donald Trump.
“I don’t hate anybody,” she said. “I was raised in a Catholic house. We don’t hate anybody. Not anybody in the world.” Then as an afterthought, she added, “I still pray for the president. I pray for the President all the time. So, don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”
Her interaction with Stahl also made it clear: Perhaps prays for AOC, too.