Rex Tillerson’s last act: Leave quietly or go down fighting

On Tuesday morning, the White House formally announced Rex Tillerson’s departure from the State Department.

The decision comes as little surprise: The former-Exxon chief executive’s demise was foretold in March , June , July and through most of October and November .

Tillerson’s coup de grace was so drawn out that it even earned its own Beltway shorthand: the Rexit.

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