Yes, old people in Congress can be a problem
The Kansas City Star
NBC’s Luke Russert irritated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday by asking the following question:
“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 run. What’s your response?”
His question may have been inelegantly phrased. Pelosi, who’s 72, said it was an offensive question and that men don’t get asked that question often.
Actually, Russert was on to something.
Congress is full of “old,” experienced politicians who have failed to solve the nation’s problems in recent years. They have failed on reforming immigration laws, entitlement reductions, defense spending and tax policies.
Put simply, being old hasn’t made them extremely competent.
Elevating some younger, newer voices to lead roles in Congress could shake things up and get this nation headed in the right direction. (Anyone notice that President Barack Obama is just 51?).
Pelosi is hardly the sole problem in Congress; she’s just the minority leader after all in a GOP-controlled House.
Add in the three other major leaders of Congress, and you see that age - based on results for the betterment of the nation - hasn’t been an asset.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is 72.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is 70.
House Speaker John Boehner is the pup of the group at age 63.
For a good explanation of why Congress rewards age and seniority with powerful positions, read this.
Sure, people who barely know their ways around the halls of Washington shouldn’t be expected to be put in the most powerful positions.
Then again, people who have been part of the problem with gridlock and lack of bipartisanship aren’t providing the kind of leadership America needs right now.