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Breathing life into the presidential debates

Breathing life into the presidential debates

The only noteworthy aspect of the otherwise meaningless Donald Trump spurt in the public-opinion polls is that if it holds up, it will buy him a ticket into the first of the Republican debates in Cleveland early next month. Currently Mr. Trump is running second to Jeb Bush or Scott Walker in the most prominent if equally meaningless early surveys of support for the many aspirants for the GOP presidential nomination. Under national party rules, only the top 10 are to be invited to the sanctioned debates in the early caucus and primary states. Given his tactlessness and glaring lack of presidential qualifications, Mr. Trump's participation would guarantee fireworks and turn the...