Larry Summers

The O-List
November 19, 2008

In the spring of 2007, long before Sarah Palin became a feminist icon, before Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers reared their unreconstructed heads, before Hillary Clinton ever questioned his readiness to be president, Barack Obama's greatest nemesis was a 29-year-old paralegal named Joe Anthony. Anthony had attracted tens of thousands of fans to a MySpace page he'd set up for Obama—a testament to the legions of new voters the candidate was inspiring. But, back in Chicago, all Anthony's site inspired was indigestion.

Summers Of Our Discontent
November 17, 2008

In case you weren't monitoring our site this weekend, I have an online-only column about Larry Summers' feminist critics and the reason Bill Clinton had a miserable first two years in office. (The two are related.) The jumping-off point is a Politico story from Friday reporting, "Intense backlash from women’s groups may have pushed former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers off the short-list to lead Treasury." I'm not at all sure Summers is really off the short list -- Politico has a crucial "may" in the sentence that stops short of such a definitive claim.

Let Hillary Cover For Summers
November 15, 2008

Asking Hillary to head the State Department might create some headaches for Obama, but could help him in at least one extremely important way: by giving him cover to appoint Larry Summers as Treasury Secretary. As Jon Chait notes, some feminists are already pushing back against a Summers appointment--saying impolitic remarks he made while President of Harvard should disqualify him for the job.

Obama’s Choice
November 05, 2008

The next Larry Summers ... or Larry Summers.

You Didn't Want Him At Harvard. Well, The World Actually Needs Him. And The American People Very Much Want Him. Leland Matory And James Engel, Who The Hell Are You Anyway?
October 24, 2008

Yes, I actually do know who you are. Basically nothings. Oh, and at least one of you is crackers.If there is one indispensable person who should be presiding over the disentanglement of of our economic shipwreck it is Larry Summers. And also presiding over the reconstruction of our financial institutions with an emphasis on sound investment, transparency, public need, democratic ethos, far-reaching insight and simple  downright honesty. Frankly, Summers is among the two or three most brilliant people I know.

Summers's Postscript
June 10, 2007

I forgot to report that, at Harvard's commencement exercises on Thursday, as Larry Summers rose for his brilliantly merited honorary degree, the students rose as one--not just those from the College but from the graduate schools as well--to cheer him, to cheer him lustily, to cheer him authentically. They knew he was on their side. He wanted tough intellectual standards for them ... and, alas, for the faculty of arts and sciences. That's where his trouble started. Frankly, I have never heard such applause and approval at any graduation.

Cambridge Diarist
March 06, 2006

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Boy Trouble
January 23, 2006

It's been a year since Harvard President Larry Summers uttered some unfortunate speculations about why so few women hold elite professorships in the sciences. During Summers's speech, a biologist, overwhelmed by the injustice of it all, nearly collapsed with what George F. Will unkindly described as the vapors. Since that odd January day, Summers has been rebuked with a faculty no-confidence vote, untold talk-show hosts have weighed in, and 936 stories about the controversy have appeared in newspapers and magazines (according to LexisNexis).