President Bush is headed to Capitol Hill today in a last-ditch attempt to revive the compromise immigration legislation that he let die last week. He'll be having lunch with Republican senators, but it is doubtful that he will find much support. Weeks ago when there was the so-called breakthrough on the 'grand bargain' on immigration a few weeks ago had brought new life to a White House under siege. It was interesting though that the President did almost nothing to push through the legislation, and when he did he almost single-handedly rallied the opposition.
Now knowing this failure will cling to his already sinking Presidency, Bush will try, but I doubt it will do any good. Those who were opposed have already won, and they will see little political benefit in reviving this fight. As the Los Angeles Times wrote: "The collapse of immigration legislation in the Senate this week is a monument to President Bush's enfeebled clout on Capitol Hill..."
I truly believe President Bush's loss on his immigration overhaul plan could be the death knell for his second-term domestic legacy.