[UPDATE BELOW] Mitt Romney has said he will repeal "Obamacare" on his first day in office, because it's "bad law" and a "job killer." But that was pre-convention Mitt Romney. Post-convention Mitt Romney said on Meet the Press today that he supported the provisions of the president's heath care law that prevent insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions and allow adults to remain on their parents' plans until the age of 26. "I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform, of course." Of course, who would have gotten the idea that you wanted to repeal health care reform?

Romney's shift is what the Times refers to as "the emergence of a less openly partisan, more general-election-oriented Republican nominee." Essentially, exactly what Romney's own top advisor predicted and what we're now supposed to feign outrage over.

In the interview, Romney praised Bill Clinton, saying he "elevated" the Democratic convention (although in keeping with the parlance of the Yosemite Sams of his party he said "Democrat") and added that Republicans made a mistake in agreeing to a deal that would lower defense spending.

Asked about referring to himself as "severely conservative," Romney replied, "I am as conservative as the Constitution." Just look at the language: it's completely different from "ultimate conservative," which is how Romney described the individual mandate provision that he supported in Massachusetts and that the president used for his own plan. In related news, Gothamist's deeply embedded campaign sources say that the candidate will soon name John Carpenter as his campaign manager.

So how will Obama tack to the center? Will he allow us to vote someone off The Kill List, American Idol-style?

[UPDATE] Turns out Romney's pre-existing conditions comments actually meant that he'd leave out 89 million Americans.