The biggest impact of this week’s two-night, 20-candidate Democratic extravaganza is that a new star has emerged: Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) turned in one of the best debate performances I’ve ever seen. She earned herself a place in the upper tier of the crowded field. Now we’ll see whether she has what it takes to climb all the way to the top — and stay there.
Harris’s ascent came at the expense of front-runner Joe Biden, who had such a disappointing outing that all he can do is make sure he does better next time. He still leads all comers, and one debate didn’t change that. But he showed vulnerabilities that have to make Democratic voters nervous about his prospects in a general-election race against President Trump.
That, after all, is by far the biggest question for many Democrats: Who is the surest bet to beat Trump? The answer, according to polls thus far, is Biden. But his performance Thursday night has to make never-Trump voters nervous.
[Featured Image: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) listens to questions after the Democratic primary debate on Thursday in Miami. (Brynn Anderson/AP)]