Joe Biden get daily hits for gaffs….
Warren has been the media flavour of the last month or so….
But she now will be target of efforts to tear down by other Democratic sweepstakes contestants for the party nomination…
This will undoubtedly make the Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders people smile….
….with the Massachusetts senator now drawing massive crowds and surging in national polls, competing campaigns are starting to refocus on Warren, looking to blunt her momentum.
Democrats are already opening up new lines of attack: calling her celebrated policy proposals a “fraud,” challenging her to say how she’d pay for a massive health care plan, highlighting a lack of diversity in her supporters and dropping reminders of Warren’s long span as a Republican.
Aides to three rival candidates confirmed in interviews they’re revving up opposition research on Warren in preparation for the next debate on Sept. 12. Still others privately complained she’s gotten fawning treatment in the media as she unveiled a litany of ambitious plans without being pressed on where the money would come from to pay for them.
Warren’s supporters said the gripes amount to sour grapes from campaigns who didn’t take her seriously until she shot up in the polls, and are now watching with envy the organization she’s amassed while they were busy attacking each other.
Either way, it appears Warren, who trails only Joe Biden in many polls, has a rougher stretch ahead of her.
“It’s inevitable: What goes up must come down. It’s the law of political physics,” Dick Harpootlian, one of Biden’s top South Carolina organizers, said of Warren’s turn in the hot seat.
Her opponents so far are treading carefully, wary of alienating Warren supporters whom they hope to win over eventually. Fellow liberal icon Bernie Sanders and Warren have long had a nonaggression pact, and various polls have shown overlap between backers of Kamala Harris and Warren. Biden, sitting atop the field, has been busy trying to deflect the brunt of attacks.
But surrogates for those top-tier candidates are starting to speak up….