Hate may have lost the war for the presidency, but it may yet win the forthcoming battle for America. Barack Obama faces a second term in a country where almost half of the people not only oppose him but often fear and loathe him, while his political adversaries are determined to undermine his every move as they've done for the past four years.
At the same time, many of the President's supporters are deeply disillusioned, backing him largely to keep the Republicans out. Their 2008 Obama is no more. They see a new Mr. Obama, a stranger, a man they feel they know little about. Yeats knew: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."