Racing Toward Irrelevance
It's been said that a leader who gets too far ahead of his followers is just a guy walking around talking to himself. For some reason, that adage came to mind as I was reflecting on the outcome of yesterday's Republican Primary election between Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner and his challenger, Jim Burkee.
In what should come as a surprise to no one (and what I predicted), Sensenbrenner thumped Burkee by over 34,000 votes (78% to 22%). If it wasn't for some Democrats in Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee Counties crossing over to vote for Burkee, my guess is that Sensenbrenner would have garnered 90% of the vote instead of almost 80%.
In some respects, the most interesting aspect of the election was that the local newspaper endorsed Burkee over Sensenbrenner. Talk about not understanding your audience.
I know that newspapers are struggling in today's changing media environment. Many of the things buffeting the industry are clearly beyond its control. That said, could an Editorial Board possibly be more out of touch with its readers?
Talk about racing towards irrelevance!