one of the msnbc/nyt narratives this morning is that they are puzzled that the republicans did not pivot toward the center. but what they might not be in the best position to understand is that the republicans think they did pivot. that's why there was a more-than-usual parade of tokens. they certainly utterly softened their tone on immigration, to the point that i don't think anyone has any actual idesa what romney's position is. they absolutely did not emphasize abortion, gay marriage, and so on, though there were a few mentions by people they can't fully control, like santorum. every single speaker, especially romney, paid tribute to the awesomeness of women, including women in the workforce etc.