Simon Rosenberg, the political force behind the New Politics Institute, which teaches progressives to use new technologies and tactics to win the war of ideas and the battle of the ballot booth, sums up the Bush years quite well in an email:
The largest set of criminal investigations into the leaders of our nation in our history. Longest jail sentence for a member of Congress in history. Now two senior White House staff members - Libby and Safavian - convicted of crimes. Covering for a known sexual harrasser of young kids and awarding him the Chair of the Committee on Missing and Exploited Children. The condoning of torture, the establishment of secret prisons and the practice of rendition, and the erosion of the Geneva Conventions. Warrantless spying on our citizens. Overstepping of even the generous provisions of the Patriot Act. Putting our kids into battle without proper equippment or training. Out of control government spending, and handing over our future to foreign central banks. The incredible politicization of the US Attorney system, starting with Rove's intervention on behalf of Abramoff against the US Attorney in Guam in 2002. Abramoff's dozens of visits to the White House, hidden for so long from the public. Attempts to cut veteran benefits and the scandal of Walter Reed. Lying to the world about the cause of war. Allowing serial corruption of the Iraqi contracting process. The buying off of journalists and commentators, from Miami to Washington. Ignoring the cries from New Orleans. While wages are going down, denying an increase in the minimum wage and attempting to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans. Over the top partisanship, and an absolute unwillingness to sit down and work out a deal on major national concerns like the budget and war. The denying of the reality of global climate change.....Simon covered it quite well, although sadly this list could go on ad infinitum.