Bloomberg under siege at chaotic debate debut

Bloomberg under siege at chaotic debate debut, by Gregg Re.

Elizabeth Warren shamed Mike Bloomberg for allegedly calling women “fat broads.”

Amy Klobuchar asked Pete Buttigieg if he was calling her “dumb.”

Bloomberg shut down Bernie Sanders by quipping that “the best-known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses.”

The Democrats’ showdown Wednesday night in Las Vegas repeatedly put Bloomberg in his primary rivals’ crosshairs as the surging billionaire made his debate-stage debut. But the conflagration quickly expanded into an all-out melee and easily the most aggressive debate of the nomination season to date, as each of the candidates took sharp and often personal shots at one another.

The fight started out white-hot when, in her first turn at the microphone, Warren asserted that she would support whoever wins the nomination, but warned that Democrats “take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.”

She said the field is running against somebody “who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians — and no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.” …

Sanders, meanwhile, warned that Bloomberg couldn’t be elected because he wouldn’t be able to assemble a diverse coalition of voters.

He also called it “immoral” that Bloomberg had vast wealth while homelessness remained a problem. A debate moderator then asked a pointed question: “Mayor Bloomberg, should you exist?” …

Separately, Warren unexpectedly took aim at Klobuchar, who bested Warren in the New Hampshire primary. Her health care plan, Warren mocked, was “like a Post-It note: ‘Insert plan here.'” The broadside prompted a stunned reaction in the debate hall.

“I must say I take personal offense, since Post-It notes were invented in my state,” Klobuchar said in response, to laughter. …

Klobuchar also took heat for a recent interview, in which she was unable to name the president of Mexico. Buttigieg highlighting the vulnerability, noting that Klobuchar serves on several Senate committees that relate to Mexico.

“Are you trying to say I’m dumb?” Klobuchar responded, saying it was a temporary lapse in memory and nothing more. “I made an error. Sometimes people forget names.” …

“I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete,” Klobuchar said, clearly frustrated. “You’ve memorized a bunch of talking points.”

Donald smiles.