The immigration bill that died in the Senate yesterday was President Bush's last hope to salvage any one of his four domestic policy goals for the second term, the Washington Post reports. The goals laid out after 2004 reelection included Social Security and tax overhauls, a curb upon "excessive litigation," and immigration reform.
The administration had hoped to forge a domestic legacy that would counterbalance the Iraq war. But his Social Security plan was shelved by the GOP Congress, he withdrew the tax overhaul himself, and his litigation initiative is snarled in congressional infighting. Which could be why the president was dour as he admitted defeat on the immigration bill yesterday, the Post notes.