Stealing his own headlines

With John Roberts and Samuel Alito forming new Supreme Court majorities in so many of the final decisions of the term, this could have been the week when President Bush basked in the glow of his most significant (and, with the party base, most popular) political accomplishment. Instead, he's begging for immigration votes.

UPDATE: With the bill defeated, Ramesh Ponnuru concludes: "President Bush's humane and generous instincts combined with his moralistic and arrogant ones to produce a political fiasco that could have been a policy fiasco as well."

UPDATE II: The Senate roll call: only 46 votes (including Judd Gregg, Chuck Hagel, John McCain, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd and Barack Obama) to keep the bill alive; 53 against (including John Sununu, Sam Brownback and Jim Webb).