Bush 0 for 4 on 2nd-Term Goals

With the death of the latest immigration bill, the president may have lost his last chance at a domestic legacy
By Ben Worthen,  Newser User
Posted Jun 29, 2007 10:00 AM CDT
Bush 0 for 4 on 2nd-Term Goals
President Bush makes remarks about the immigration bill which died on the Senate floor, Thursday, June 28, 2007, during an address at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. A replica of the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima statue) is behind the president. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more Bush administration stories.)

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