​The election wave: A wave of disgust

Barely a third of registered Americans could be bothered to vote in the recent midterm elections.


Several weeks ago I noted that the recent election nearly cost nearly four billion dollars, and I posed the question: "What did you, the voter and the citizen, get for that?"

My answer was, "Not much."

Well, I've done a little more digging, and now I can answer another question: 'What did the politicians get?" Well, it turns out, the same answer: not much.

For all the effort by all these experts who charge the candidates these astronomical sums for all these half-baked schemes to get out the vote; for all the commercials cranked out by the strategists who take a percentage of the money spent on TV commercials -- for all of that, voter turnout may have been the lowest since World War II.

Only 37 percent of the eligible voters thought what happened on Election Day was important enough to vote -- that at a time when every poll shows a majority of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.

Republican turnout was low, but not as low as the Democrats, so they can legitimately call it a wave, and I take away nothing from their wins.

But my sense is most Americans just felt a wave of disgust with the entire process.

The only good news was learning the politicians got no more bang for their buck than the rest of us.

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    Bob Schieffer is a CBS News political contributor and former anchor of "Face The Nation," which he moderated for 24 years before retiring in 2015.