It’s unlikely he’ll be able to fix Social Security at this point, of course, or ensure that his tax cuts are made permanent before he leaves office, but there’s still immigration reform, a rare area of agreement for him with most Congressional Democrats. If he can also make real progress on Iraq via the troop surge, he may still surprise a few folks. Naturally, he won’t get much credit no matter what he does, and just keeping his administration afloat in a politically hostile Washington may be a feat in itself.

But in Bush’s case no news may be the best news. With the media drawing the public’s attention to other matters, Bush may finally get some much needed space in which to operate. And if he can’t hope for kind words from today’s national opinion makers, perhaps history will view him with a less jaundiced eye.

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Stuart W. Mirsky, a former New York City official and longtime Republican activist, is the author of several books, including a historical novel about Vikings and Indians in eleventh-century North America (“The King of Vinland's Saga”); a Holocaust memoir about a young Jewish girl trapped in eastern Poland at the height of World War II (“A Raft on the River”), and a work of contemporary moral philosophy (“Choice and Action”) exploring the linguistic and logical underpinnings of our ethical beliefs.
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