And then I remembered it wasn't about anything, except maybe who could make the nastiest campaign commercials. Certainly it was not about the problems that the country has faced over these past four years. If anyone in that campaign on either side talked about foreign policy or terrorism for more than a minute or so, I missed it.
No surprises there. Pollsters have been telling candidates for years that voters don't care about foreign policy unless there's a war, so they don't talk about it, or much else of substance, if they can get away with it.
Well, whatever else can be the said about it, that will not be the case this time. For the first time in a long time, we're going to have a campaign about real issues and the candidates will be forced to talk about them. That's how it ought to be. The tragedy is it took a war to get us there.
By Bob Schieffer