Political storms are transformative -- a critical mass of the population realize the error of their ways, or at least an error in the way of some elite and powerful group, and sweep away that group and the supporting assumptions, which kept that group in power.
One reason, aside from the impotence of the Democratic Congress, that I know that The Political Storm has not swept America is the Giuliani Campaign -- really the whole Republican field apart from Ron Paul seems majorly detached from reality, but Giuliani is both the front-runner, and the Republican candidate most favored by Bush, himself. As digby at Hullabaloo puts it: ". . . it really appears to me that the Republicans may just nominate someone dumber than Bush and crazier than Cheney. And without the morals of either of them. How is that even possible? "