Monday, July 02, 2007

Has Bush given up on getting anything done?

There has been a lot of comment over the last couple of days that the failure of the immigration bill in the US Senate marked the death of George Bush's chances of any kind of domestic legacy from his second term. Lamed by Iraq and the Democratic victory in last year's midterms, it is widely thought that he now lacks the authority (as well as the votes) to force any of what is left of his agenda through the bearpit that is Congress.

Well it seems like George agrees with this analysis. How else can you explain his commuting of Scooter Libby's sentence? Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of whether Libby should have been gaoled for his part in the cover up of the Valerie Plame affair, this is a sure sign of a President who doesn't care about building bridges with congressional Democrats any more given the fire-storm it will kick up.


Blogger Joyce said...

That was kind of my thought on the Libby commutation, as well. At the very least, he could have waited until the very, very end of his term for the traditional 'we don't care anymore' pardons, but this just reeks of lame-duckness much earlier than it should happen.

Glad to see the update from Ealing.

12:46 pm  

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