Paul Krugman invokes Yeats today at the end of a column on the town-hall mobs.
… But right now Mr. Obama’s backers seem to lack all conviction, perhaps because the prosaic reality of his administration isn’t living up to their dreams of transformation. Meanwhile, the angry right is filled with a passionate intensity.
And if Mr. Obama can’t recapture some of the passion of 2008, can’t inspire his supporters to stand up and be heard, health care reform may well fail.
Mr Krugman (and Mr Obama and his crew) would do well to look to another text, Revelation 3:16.
So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
Passion begets passion. Harry Reid and Max Baucus do not.