Hello, and welcome back to The Best & The Brightest, your Tuesday foreign policy edition.
It’s been a crazy day, with Tucker Carlson copping to the fact that he’s in Moscow to interview Vladimir Putin and Republicans failing to impeach D.H.S. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
So let’s get right to it: Who’s afraid of Brett McGurk?
But first, Abby Livingston has the latest fallout from the Capitol…
Chaos Under the Dome
There’s nothing new about mayhem in Congress, but even compared to the most dramatic moments on the Hill during the last 10 years—Boehner’s resignation, the tortured healthcare votes of 2017, the baseball game shooting, the insurrection, the Trump impeachments, the rise and fall of McCarthy—this week still felt different. Perhaps the most profound testament to the insanity of it all is the fact that a failed floor vote to impeach a cabinet official is not even the headline of the week. Many vectors of crazy are now intersecting, and the number of abnormal situations on the Hill are...
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Everyone in Washington has an opinion of McGurk, the controversial Blob star, president whisperer, and veteran foreign policy player. But is he a cunning opportunist or simply the best diplomat in a town filled with them?
Everyone in Washington, it seems, loves to hate on Brett McGurk. “I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who likes him,” one former senior State Department official said of the seemingly indestructible D.C. lifer who is currently President Biden’s Middle East coordinator on the National Security Council. “Literally, at the end of my book club the other night, this came up. Every administration, he gets promoted one level up and no one understands why. How did he get here? Everyone in town has the same question, and no one has...
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