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Francis Wilkinson

Cleveland: Where the Trump Campaign Went to Die

This week the candidate showed he can't manage or make deals, and he said his approach to foreign policy would be to surrender.
Peace out.

Peace out.

Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

Conventions have multiple purposes, but the part that is televised in prime time has only one: to reinforce the themes and competitive advantages of the presidential candidate. That requires highlighting his strengths, minimizing his weaknesses and damaging his opponent. Three days of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland have produced a slightly different effect, leaving the rationales for Donald Trump's candidacy in tatters.

Consider.