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Kamala Harris got everyone’s attention. Can she keep it? | The Washington Post

The biggest impact of this week’s two-night, 20-candidate Democratic extravaganza is that a new star has emerged: Sen. Kamala...

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)]

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Written by Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture and hosts a weekly online chat with readers (The Washington Post). In a three-decade career at The Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section. He started writing a column for the Op-Ed page in 2005. In 2009, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.” Robinson is the author of “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” (2010), “Last Dance in Havana” (2004), and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race” (1999). He lives with his wife and two sons in Arlington. [The Wriit-created profile was established to offer the proper attribution & credit for the featured Writer. The profile was created by Wriit and does not reflect the Writer’s association with the publication, and may be updated (claimed) by the Writer upon request.] Profile

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