As predicted here last week, the nomination of Brett McGurk to be ambassador to Iraq has gone down the tubes, sunk by a series of racy emails exchanged four years ago between him and former Wall Street reporter Gina Chon, who eventually became his wife.
The White House signalled last Wednesday that its support for McGurk was evaporating, with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney offering lukewarm statements in his defense. Carney said noted passively that Obama had made the nomination and opined that McGurk would serve ably as ambassador, but Carney failed to demand that Congress to approve the nomination. White House senior adviser David Plouffe made similar comments on CNN Sunday.
A group of Republican senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week wrote Obama saying they couldn’t support the nomination, and it wasn’t clear that Democrats would wage a fight for it.