Republicans revel in Biden’s debate troubles, but see new threat in Harris

“I would be more worried about Kamala Harris than Joe Biden as the nominee,” Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, said after watching the debate. “The Joe Biden of last night is a candidate I would dream to run against. But she can put together the Obama coalition. She’s also a first, and Democrats like the tingles up the leg.”…

Privately, people close to the White House said they viewed Ms. Harris as “very dangerous” and the hands-down winner of the debate on Thursday. Others said they hoped the debate would serve as a warning for Republicans — including those in the president’s inner circle — who have been too dismissive of Mr. Biden’s less seasoned rivals…

Until now, the Trump campaign and Republican Party strategists have lumped in Ms. Harris with the rest of the Democratic field, planning to pigeonhole her as a far-left radical in the mold of Mr. Sanders. They noted that like Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, she raised her hand in the debate to signal support for abolishing private health insurance — an issue the Trump campaign expects to be the easiest way to explain what the Democratic version of “socialism” looks like.