With the final collapse (again) of the immigration bill last week, the Bush Administration was dealt yet another setback. It "was probably his last chance of securing a legacy-making second-term domestic victory," according to the Washington Post
. And a few weeks earlier, when the immigration bill first died, the NYT
said of Bush: "With low approval ratings and the race to succeed him well under way, his ability to push his agenda has faded to the point where he can fairly be judged to have entered his lame duck period."
This analysis seems reasonable to me.
But while all this is happening, the Supreme Court also finished up its term, concluding a season that moved the court to the right, significantly. Just as the immigration bill finally collapsed again, the court tore its claws at Brown
. Justice Breyer said from the bench on Thursday, "It is not often in the law that so few have so quickly changed so much."
So Bush may not be doing much right now, but let's not celebrate too much while his appointees tear down decades of precedent.