Bloomberg points out, "None of the goals [Bush] set out in his January 2005 State of the Union address -- overhaul of the Social Security system, restructuring the tax code, reshaping medical-malpractice law -- was achieved. Bush's proposed overhaul of immigration laws is in limbo because of divisions between House and Senate Republicans." Also, the GOP Hill leadership was dealt a few blows: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay resigned and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist stumbled.
The Los Angeles Times says the House GOP's border-fence bill might be approved by the Senate before the session ends -- or it might not. A last-minute push to add a guest-worker program for agricultural workers to the bill could derail it. The "move creates a dilemma for Frist, eager for victories to counter criticism of a GOP 'do-nothing Congress.' It also highlights the long-standing tension over immigration that is coming to a head in these waning days of the 109th Congress."