Erroll Southers — an abundantly qualified nominee to take over the TSA — has withdrawn his nomination.
Another ridiculous victory for Jim DeMint and the wingnuttery. See how this works? Block a nominee long enough for wingnut crazies to invent things the nominee never said. Cable news reports these things as fact without seriously noting that the accusations were false and that the Republicans were blocking a position tasked with stopping terrorism. Then the nominee, faced with potentially career-ending smears, withdraws. Republicans win. Flawless victory.