“Politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose”. This is how Mario Cuomo, the former Governor of New York, described the varying strengths politicians need when seeking office, and while governing.
Poetry is the politician’s narrative, a vision of the future, an imagination of how the constituents’ lives will be once he or she is elected. Prose is the plumbing of that imagination or vision, and of converting the narrative into on-the-ground reality. Poetry is why they are elected, and prose is why they remain elected! Politicians need to balance poetry and prose to be successful and win elections again and again.