One of the great costs of failing to generate a political storm, of failing to marshal outrage at the incompetence and corruption of the Bush Administration is that the next President will have to cope with cleaning up the mess, and will be blamed for a lousy economy and a lost war, by too many people, who never work up to the drama being enacted over the last 6 years.
Paul Krugman: ". . . the next president will suffer the fate of Jimmy Carter, who began his administration with words of uplift — “Let us create together a new national spirit of unity and trust” — and ended up delivering America into the hands of the hard right."