Farewells

Bush’s Last Wish

After failing repeatedly to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, Bush is begging his party to abandon its more Dobbsian members' demands and reach out to immigrants. "We should be open-minded about big issues like immigration reform, because if we're viewed as anti-somebody — in other words, if the party is viewed as anti-immigrant — then another fellow may say, 'Well, if they're against the immigrant, they may be against me,' " the president said in an interview on FOX News on Sunday. The GOP's anti-immigration reputation contributed to a major drop in Hispanic and Asian voters' support, many of whom defected to the Democrats in 2006 and 2008 after supporting Bush in 2004.