Newsweek would surely love to cause another huge stir and to enrage the Romneys [with "The Wimp Factor" cover story], but it’s doubtful they would even notice any more.
Well, Jonathan, there's no reason to be unkind.
What you're pointedly saying is that the newsweekly has become irrelevant, which of course it has. But then again so have the daily papers, as well as cable news and the Internet's blogosphere.
On one side of the partisan divide a bit less than half of us already know, and have known all along, how we're going to vote this fall. On the other side a bit less than half already know how they're going to vote. Most states are already decided, with their electoral votes roughly split R vs. D, meaning most states in the presidential election are as irrelevant as Newsweek. That leaves about 5 percent of the electorate in a handful of states who are undecided--a profoundly puzzling and astoundingly high percentage when you stop to think about it, given, that is, that the GOP's candidate is an absolute idiot.
Still, information from the newsweekly or the daily paper or cable news or this or that Web site won't mean much to these uncommitted folks. It never has.