Well, a busy schedule has forced me to limit my posts and also prevented me from seeing last night's debate. My analysis comes from what is being said in the press, and let's keep in mind that this is how most voters will get their information.
Overall, another Kerry win. A Kerry sweep, they say. Bush again appears to have given up on the middle, the undecided, and is focusing on rallying the base. By Kerry reaching to the center it makes him look like he cares more about the average American. Who can say which strategy wins more votes (in the states where that matters)?
And let's clear this up before it gets any more traction. Mary Cheney is out, Dick has mentioned her sexuality on the stump, and she WORKS for the campaign. A simple mention of her is entirely legitimate. Did Kerry smear her? Did he make fun of her sexuality? NO. It may have been an unnecessary comment, but it shows the hypocrisy in the Bush stance.
Where do we go from here? Well, in states in play like Colorado, we'll see more ads, more visits, more ground game. In the press we'll see a repeat of the "Kerry surge" from Iowa and pondering on how Bush can maintain his position. From the spinners? More nonsense and more ugliness. The Lynne Cheney response was planned and coordinated, mind you.
With any luck, it'll all be over on Nov. 3. Until it goes to court, that is.