What's going on with Donald Trump?
The political news cycle has been dominated for weeks by his meteoric rise in contention for the Republican presidential nomination. With an 11-point lead in recent polls, Trump is sure to be the elephant in the room (of elephants) at the first GOP debate of the 2016 campaign Thursday night in Cleveland.
As the current (and totally surprising) frontrunner, he'll be the target of derision among the other candidates, not to mention audiences, voters, pundits and self-proclaimed political experts.
So then ... the question on everyone's mind is: How will Trump do Thursday night?
And more importantly: How much of a difference can a debate make for a candidate?