In case the obvious passed you by....this is the first really significant financial meltdown to ever occur during a national presidential campaign. Just weeks before the end. No one can predict the effect and certainly the effect will be a surprise.
We in San Francisco saw our mayor (George Moscone) and a supervisor (Harvey Milk) murdered by another supervisor (Dan White) after a week of similar chaos.
The Jim Jones' People's Temple in Guyana began to unfold in the local press on Monday the 20th, November 1978. The press was reporting the deaths of hundreds of families. As the week wore on, the number of dead climbed every day, the number finally climbed to over 900 dead by suicide, many from San Francisco.
After exactly a week of a climbing death toll reported, on the
following Monday morning, the 27th, Dan White carried out his two
murders and walked around City Hall looking for a third person to shoot (Carol Silver).
I connect the social chaos and the individual craziness.