The Baltimore Sun's Voter Guide 2016

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Is Donald Trump a one-trick pony?

Is Donald Trump a one-trick pony?

Donald Trump's strategists, shaken by his ineffective defensive posture against Hillary Clinton's deft verbal assaults in their first debate, now face an improbable task: somehow remaking his very core.

That would require turning a candidate whose natural political weapon is an arsenal of personal abuse and factual distortions and lies into a credible political figure able to convince the nation's electorate that he can be trusted running the country.

The first debate showed Mr. Trump to be an undisciplined, rigid and generally uninformed charlatan, driven to project and protect his self-image as an all-purpose problem-solver on a grand scale.

Rather than again letting...