Hillary's in hot water. Needs Fauxcohantas. That, in a nutshell, was Mika Brzezinski's argument on today's Morning Joe. At the end of a segment highlighting the way Bernie Sanders has gone after Clinton for the massive "speaking fees" she's received from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms, Mika concluded: "the only person that can help her now is Elizabeth Warren, and she's going to have to make her her running mate. There's no other way around it."
As we noted here and here, Mika has long been a Lieawatha fan, urging her to run way back in 2013. If Warren can't top the ticket, Mika wants her to at least get the consolation prize of the VP slot. Question for readers: how would a Hillary/Warren ticket play in the general election?
BERNIE SANDERS: I think it is a fact: it's a fact! Anyone disagree with me on it? She has received $600,000 in one year in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs. If that's not true, I will apologize. It's true.
KASIE HUNT: It is true. Clinton's 2013 tax return shows speeches from Morgan Stanley, Deutschebank, Fidelity, UBS, Bank of America, and three for Goldman Sachs [cha-ching sound plays]. Her usual fee? $225,000. More than four times the median American family's income.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Did she help protect Wall Street?
SANDERS: Do I think Hillary Clinton or many other senators have shown the courage necessary to stand up to Wall Street power? The answer is no.
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HUNT: Sanders got some back-up recently from Vice-President Joe Biden, who seemed to question Clinton's committment to fighting inequality.
JOE BIDEN: It's relatively new for Hillary to talk about that. Hillary's focus has been other things up to now, and that's been Bernie's, no one questions Bernie's authenticity on those issues.
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WILLIE GEIST: Hillary is trying to take a piece of Bernie Sander's argument, saying I get what's happening in the country and I'm here to help, much like Bernie is. To which Bernie says: wait a minute. You've been working for Goldman Sachs. You've been taking money from Goldman Sachs. You've been doing all these things with Wall Street, How can you credibly say thta you're the person who's going to take down the banks the way I can.
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MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I'll just say, the only person that can help her now is Elizabeth Warren, and she's going to have to make her her running mate. There's no other way around it.