Commentary: An early debate lead for Donald J. Trump but, in the end, he couldn't help his own cause

Nelson Algren once described the great American city of Chicago as “the place built out of man’s ceaseless failure to overcome himself.” He could just as well have been writing about Donald J. Trump.Just consider the trajectory of the final presidential debate on Thursday night.Trump performed far better than his hesitant rival Joseph R. Biden for a substantial chunk of the crucial confrontation. He spoke the language of recovery, of the reopening and rebuilding of America and, in doing so, probably came as close as he could ever manage to the morning-in-America rhetoric that worked so well fo…

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