Mitt Romney has finally apologized for disparaging 47% of the American people today, one day after his unexpectedly strong debate performance. This seems part of a larger trend of the GOP candidate perhaps realizing that he is no longer running against the likes of Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum and no longer needs to be as far to the right as humanly possible short of outright fascism. In the debate last night, Romney repeatedly spoke of the middle class and categorically (and really, blatantly falsely) denied any desire to raise middle class taxes so as to lower those for the fabulously wealthy like himself. Romney is embracing that age old tradition of moving into the center for the general election after tacking to the extremes in the primaries, but is it too late? Romney, more so than most candidates in recent history has an image problem. Is he the liberal who challenged Ted Kennedy for the senate in 1994? Is he the pragmatic moderate who was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002? Is he the right-wing ideologue who ran for president in 2008 and 2012? Or is he this new, kinder and gentler moderate conservative? We may never know, but at least he’s apologized for his insulting comments (although he probably still believes them).