A few months ago, I made a few posts here explaining how Romney's actual philosophies about governance were at odds with the way he was campaigning due to the extremist right wing nature of the Republican party. I warned that if he continued pandering to the radicals in the party, it would cost him the election. Before the debate, that pandering had him trailing Obama by a wide margin, despite what the heads in the sand were mumbling about "oversampling". Romney soundly beat Obama in the debate and could possibly be looking at a 180 turnaround. (No one, the media, the pundits, forum posters, can possibly know anything about the impact on the election until the 11th or 12th.) How did he do it? He abandoned those radical right wingers and is now back to being a moderate. Call it a flip flop, call it an etch-a-sketch moment, it's what needed to be done to win. Of course Romney will do anything to win. That's the whole point.