Something's a bit odd about calling work "specialization". My suspicion is of a combination of overwork (commuting and support activity counts) and a (concomitant) degraded sense of responsibility. Somewhere along the line people were persuaded that daily, routine politics was something an adult could take or leave, without affecting their self-respect as a responsible adult; that outside of emergencies holding down a good, steady job fulfilled a grown man's role in the world. Then the powers that be expanded the influence of work - it encroached. It's a deliberate, overt practice, for example, to design and justify public education solely as employment preparation - political preparation is omitted completely. As if it were a hobby. This isn't overspecialization, as in focusing too hard on something; it's oversimplification, as in amputating limbs you don't need this week. The mystery of events for which reality is excluded from any explanatory role is not mysterious. W started without a majority vote, a background of personal skill development, or an adult's intellectual conception of his role, and proceeded to fuck up from there. From a citizen's point of view he did a very bad job of running the executive branch of the government, in every respect, both by incompetence and by bad intention. What needs explaining is not W's unpopularity, but his occasional popularity - the peaks, not the pattern of peaks and valleys. He was not a victim of half the country getting steamed from intrinsic moodiness. The half of the country that is "always ready to get steamed" is more like 27%, it is the same identifiable fraction every time, and it supported him throughout.