My take is that any sort of meaningful carbon legislation was DOA, probably even without the Great Recession.
A few weeks in Washington would teach him how things were done—post-partisanship would be DOA in D.C.
I'm going to guess it was doctor shows on TV that introduced the acronym "DOA" into general American speech.
also d.o.a., 1929, police slang abbreviation of dead on arrival.
dead on admission
dead on arrival
Invalid and rejected: The President's budget was dead on arrival even before it got to Congress (1980s+)
Dead on arrival
: Don't risk being a DOA by driving drunk
Dead on arrival. A piece of hardware that has never worked.