“It Didn’t Work” Says Bush

That’™s what Mr. Bush said about the defeat of the immigration bill he had fought for for several years. Once again, he won’™t take responsibility, using a passive construction when he should instead step forward and admit reality. There are reasons the immigration bill didn’™t pass, and it takes little to figure those [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

That’™s what Mr. Bush said about the defeat of the immigration bill he had fought for for several years. Once again, he won’™t take responsibility, using a passive construction when he should instead step forward and admit reality. There are reasons the immigration bill didn’™t pass, and it takes little to figure those out.

The Washington Times blames the steadfastness of the young Republican Senators for the defeat of the bill, or that Mitch McConnell wouldn’™t himself stand up for immigration reform. Hey, they even imply that an irrational fear of Ted Kennedy is behind the opposition to the bill. (Kennedy joined Bush on Bush’™s only two accomplishments in the last seven years, the Prescription Drug bill and NCLB, both of which are ugly, flawed projects.) So who is to blame? The young Republicans in the senate? Mitch McConnell? Ted Kennedy? Or George Bush?

I’™ll go for Bush. He’™s squandered every bit of moral authority he may have kept and nurtured after 9/11. He’™s squandered that authority with distinctly immoral stands involving renditions, Gitmo, illegal eavesdropping, exposing CIA agents, etc. To push through an immigration bill against the xenophobic and nativist movements in both the Republican and Democratic Parties, Bush needed moral authority. He doesn’™t have it, he ain’™t going to win.

The immigration reform initiative will stand as Mr. Bush’™s last failed chance at a legacy. Oops, I forgot. Bush has a legacy, and that is of damaging our country more than any President in history. He needn’™t worry. The Bush legacy will occupy the next four or five Presidents, who will be forced into heavy lifting in order to repair our country and its reputation.

Friday, June 29th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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