And even though that deal is fragile and under fierce attack from the left and the right, the fact that key Senate leaders of both parties approved it, including Democrat Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Republican John Kyl of Arizona, is seen as a good sign for Bush as he pushes forward with his end-of-term agenda.
"Immigration cleared the air," said a White House official. Bush advisers also point out that the Democratic-controlled Congress is just as unpopular as Bush is. (In a recent poll, both had a 35 percent job performance rating.) Said the senior White House aide: "People are tired of jarring partisanship."
By Kenneth T. Walsh