Precisely what Larry Summers said is unclear; I think the transcript suggested he was conjecturing that women are in some innate way less capable than men in science and maths. Does that raise any obstacles to his serving as secretary of the treasury, a position for which he is said to be being considered?
Had he been conjecturing about the innate inferiority of African Americans in maths, would that make him more unacceptable?
He is supposed to be a brilliant economist, and goodness knows the world economy needs some brilliant problem solvers. So I’d be willing to go for his appointment were it not for the fact that we are already a couple of steps into the compromise. Or maybe more, Hillary supporters would surely want to insist.
What do you think?