A tough year has come to a melancholy end for Obama mega-donor George J. Tsunis.
Nominated last December to be U.S. ambassador to Norway, the Long Island hotelier fumbled questions about the country at his confirmation hearing in January. Indignant Norwegian Americans mobilized to persuade Midwestern senators to vote against him, and Republicans sought to make him a symbol of what they see as the Obama administration’s poor choices for ambassadorial posts.
With the congressional session winding down and confirmation still in doubt, Tsunis decided this week to withdraw his nomination.
“I have elected not to renew my nomination for the next Senate session as...