[Content Note: Misogyny.]
At long last, President Obama is reportedly set to nominate Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve.
It's just too bad that Yellen's nomination, despite her being the best candidate, will be forever sullied by the narrative that she was not the President's first choice, that she was picked just because she's a woman, just for the sake of "diversity."
This is the problem with so many privileged white men failing upwards throughout their careers, and being seriously considered as contenders for positions for which they're not qualified. It casts doubt on the women, and the men from marginalized populations, especially men of color, who succeed, even when we are the best candidates.
It is not fair to Janet Yellen that her appointment will be tainted with the suspicion she only got it because Obama wanted to cover his ass for even considering a misogynist like Larry Summers.
That's why a man like Summers should never even have been in contention.