Rabbitte employs black arts of American politics

“It’s the economy, stupid,’’ is perhaps the most frequently quoted statement of political meta-strategy of the age.

23rd September, 2006

“It’s the economy, stupid,’’ is perhaps the most frequently quoted statement of political meta-strategy of the age. Coined by US political consultant James ‘the Ragin’ Cajun’ Carville and employed by Bill Clinton in the 1992 US presidential campaign, it has been adopted by politicians, backroom boys, political journalists and sundry nerds everywhere.

Famously, Carville pinned the phrase up on the wall of Clinton’s campaign headquarters to concentrate the...

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