LARRY SUMMERS, R.I.P….So why was Larry Summers finally forced to resign as president of Harvard? The Washington Post chalks it up to lefty political correctness: the faculty hated him because he was mean to Cornel West and because he implied that women were too dim to do high level math and science. Matt Yglesias says it’s because he tried to take power away from Harvard’s biggest academic fiefdom, and the fiefdom didn’t like it. Richard Bradley says it’s because Summers was too cozy with the power politics of Washington DC and never fit in to the ways of Cambridge. Professor B says it’s because he was a jerk.
That sure is a lot of reasons. I’m surprised he lasted five months, let alone five years.