Michael Gerson: The wreckage left by the summer of Trump

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WASHINGTON — The relatively rare moments of economic analysis and political outreach in the second Republican debate — Chris Christie talking about income stagnation, or Marco Rubio lamenting the "millions of people in this country living paycheck to paycheck," or Ben Carson admitting the minimum wage might require increasing and fixing, or Jeb Bush setting out the necessary goal of accelerated economic growth, or John Kasich calling for a "sense of hope, a sense of purpose, a sense of unity" — only served to highlight the opportunity cost of the Trump summer.

After the 2012 presidential election, the Republican […]