You know, net-net, it wasn't that exciting a debate. Nobody made any of the real screamer gaffes that we enjoyed in the previous debates. Both candidates seemed well prepared. Bush did a much better job than in the past 2 debates, though with no less blinking. Kerry was pretty strong too, but not as resoundingly brilliant as in the first two. But finally, none of the really "big deal" comments came through: I know Kerry hoped his Tony Soprano comment would be a sound bite, but I don't know that it was as effective as he thought it was.
Ultimately the debate may or may not have merited the effort I went through to have my computer in the living room in front of the tv.
But why is no one commenting on the assertion that Kerry made twice, that faith is not enough, that good deeds must be a part of religiously informed decision making? That is such a strong assertion of a truly catholic position, and one to which Bush did not respond, and that no one else seems to have noticed.