Most revealing, however, were the views of law-school dean Elena Kagan, a popular, accomplished, and highly respected academic and Summers appointee who served with him in the Clinton administration. “I think it’s appropriate for everyone to realize that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences isn’t the only school at the University,” Kagan stated. “I think Larry’s been excellent for the law school.”

Equally noteworthy: Kagan’s name, according to the Record, has popped up on some lists as a realistic possibility to get the presidential nod. The big news here is that, apparently, being a toady of the Arts and Sciences faction that drove Summers out may not, in fact, be a job requirement for the next president. The dean of the law school, who happens to be a woman in addition to having a powerful intellect and demonstrated administrative skills, chose to speak frankly even a bit acerbically about the ugly coup against the man she might replace. Such a person may well be seen by the Harvard Corporation as precisely the sort who can deal with the recalcitrant, self-serving tenured brats who stared them down. Kagan, by her refreshing candor, may in fact have leaped to the top of the heap.

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