September 06, 2005


Economy May Now Become Biggest Concern

In his latest email column, Charlie Cook writes that Hurricane Katrina may push economic concerns ahead of Iraq in the minds of most American voters.
"On the political level, playing off of Malcolm Gladwell's recent bestseller, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, I originally argued that the public's increasingly negative attitude toward Bush and the war in Iraq might have been nearing a tipping point, which Gladwell argues is 'that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.' Gladwell argues that sometimes fairly small, seemingly insignificant shifts can push something over that tipping point, with enormous consequences. On a political level, Katrina may have stopped one tipping point from having been reached, at least for now, while on an economic level, it could push the economy past another tipping point."










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