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Mitt Romney Finds His Etch A Sketch

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with President Barack Obama during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with President Barack Obama during the first presidential debate at the University of DenverPhotograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise to see Mitt Romney morph from a self-described “severe conservative” into the reasonable, if somewhat aggressive, pro-business moderate who showed up to debate President Obama on Wednesday night. Unswerving fealty to principle has never been Romney’s thing.

Still, the effect was striking. The New Romney, unlike the old, looked like someone who could plausibly threaten Obama’s hold on the White House.