I don't have a dog in the fight but I agree that Romney was “best of show” in the first debate. It's interesting, that as soon as a presidential debate is over, the pundits huddle and declare a “winner.” It's immaterial what is said, but how it is said. Style trumps substance. If the debate seemed scripted, it was, and in more ways than most realize.
Since 1988, the Commission on Presidential Debates has conducted the presidential and vice presidential debates, having replaced the League of Women Voters as the host of these quadrennial events. While the CPD may sound like a governmental entity, it is non-profit corporation, founded and run by the Democrat and Republican parties. Part of its mission statement is to “provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.” In reality, the CPD serves as a firewall to prevent unscripted questions and alternative points of view.