I'm repeating myself here, but it's irresistible. Here is Mitt Romney in June 2012:
“What I can tell you is that those people who come here by virtue of their parents bringing them here, who came in illegally, that’s something I don’t want to football with as a political matter,” Romney told Fox.
Let's set aside the matter that "football" is not a verb. Now here is Mitt Romney six months ago:
"For those who come here illegally, the idea of giving them in-state tuition credits or other special benefits I find to be contrary to the idea of a nation of law," he said.
The turnaround is stark. Even more notable is that the Republican leadership is trying not to talk about it at all. In other words, President Obama blindsided them completely. A Bloomberg poll shows 64% of likely voters approve of his decision.
I still don't think this will be a major issue for voters, but the post-primary Romney is a very different guy. Unfortunately for him, his effort at moderation is so vague that he is getting no support from anyone.