HA Goodman: An irreparable Dem Party shakeup if super delegates unaccountably stick with Clinton (video & transcription)
HA Goodman is part of a small minority belonging to what’s known as the “mainstream media” who has rejected the Clinton Kool-aid – and is a staunch, reasonable supporter of Bernie Sanders’ campaign. He applies logic, common sense and, yes, principle and integrity to both his critiques of Clinton and his support of Bernie Sanders. You can follow HA Goodman on YouTube or check him out on hagoodman.com. One of his more recent YouTube segments issues a strong warning to the Democratic establishment, and particularly to super delegates, whose “system of corruption” will be derailed if they don’t recognize the peril in continuing down the path of supporting Clinton despite her negative polling, her many, many losses to Bernie, and her current legal travails. Says Goodman:
This segment is a very important segment, especially for Democratic super delegates, because I’m doing them a favor. And I’m doing the Democratic establishment and all the people who benefit from the honest graft within the Democratic Party a very huge favor. I’m going to explain to you Democratic super delegates what will happen to your system of corruption, and honest graft, and political appointments, voter suppression, and election fraud, I’m going to explain what will happen to this system if Bernie Sanders is not the nominee during the contested convention that should never have taken place because Hillary should have wrapped it up already [conventional wisdom] . . . if Bernie Sanders is not the Democratic nominee, you are looking at a 3rd party formed from the anger, frustration and frankly hate of many Progressives toward you, super delegates, all 714 of you – and there are journalists who know your ties to lobbyists and they know why the majority of you have sided with Hillary Clinton – it’s not because of value system, it’s because of other reasons.
So number one, if Bernie Sanders is not the Democratic nominee and you go with Hillary Clinton in a contested convention that the world is watching, that young people, millennials, people in high school, will be watching, what takes place is this . . . first off, number one, 25-33% of Bernie Sanders supp will never ever ever ever ever vote for Hillary Clinton. This is not just HA Goodman talking – I have a lot of fans who are Hillary supporters, they love me, and they find me very credible . . . you can look at the polls that you used as the basis of why Clinton was going to win – which she won’t win, she’ll get indicted; the FBI doesn’t do security reviews and that Washington Post article was meaningless, okay, because scant evidence doesn’t mean no evidence . . . and you don’t need malicious intent to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act, all you need is gross negligence, and President Obama already said she was careless . . . 25-33%, and it’s still ongoing . . . she’s facing indictment, or her top aides are facing indictment . . . 25-33% of Bernie Sanders supporters will never vote for Hillary Clinton ever . . . these people are principled. These people do not want a president, a Democrat in the White House advised by Henry Kissinger and Bush’s neocons . . . why are you voting for somebody who’s advised by Henry Kissinger? . . . 33% of Bernie Sanders supporters will never vote for Hillary Clinton . . . there are 714 super delegates, 522 have already . . . supported Hillary Clinton. This is even when Bernie has won states and according to basic common sense they should go with Bernie if their state goes to Bernie, but nonetheless these super delegates still flock to Hillary Clinton – so 522 for Hillary Clinton, 39 for Bernie Sanders. When you look at the pledged delegates, it’s 1701 for Hillary Clinton, 1411 for Bernie Sanders. The pledged delegates alone should explain to you the weakness of Hillary Clinton as a candidate because you have Bernie Sanders, who was an independent his entire life . . . and already he has 1411 pledged delegates. The super delegates are still holding tight because they can’t switch for fear of retribution from both Clintons. But that should show you super delegates and that should show you Democratic party officials how weak your system is . . . if a man who’s principled and honest like Bernie Sanders . . . can go ahead and raise enough money to compete against you after decades . . . of both Clintons building a political machine, what does that say about you, what does that say about your political machine? It says that you’re weak and it says that Bernie Sanders is on his way to winning a contested convention . . . the FBI doesn’t give parking tickets and they don’t care about Washington Post article headlines . . . .
. . . Trust me, not everyone in the Democratic Party feels that Hillary Clinton is trustworthy . . . don’t even think she should be a Democrat . . . the reason she evolved was because of polls, not principle . . . .
. . . Then there’s Lee Fang, a journalist at the Intercept . . . Mr. Fang has documented the lobbyist ties to all you wonderful super delegates, so if the 714 super delegates know what’s good for them in terms of a political future, you’re going to nominate Bernie Sanders . . .
Goodman describes the term “honest graft” – back in the Tammany Hall days, and in other countries today, it was overt bribery, pay to play. Nowadays, it’s not so obvious – Clinton is supposed to give money to “down ticket Democrats” but “she keeps most of the money.” Such corruption is ever-present, and “principles and values go out the window.”
Goodman notes that if the Democratic Party splits, the ability to “anoint” a candidate will be gone. What he and many of us believe is that the future of the Democratic Party is “what Bernie Sanders stands for, what you should have stood for and what you gave up for political power.” In just one example of this type of political corruption, Goodman notes that the Atlanta mayor’s op-ed was written by Clinton’s attack dog, David Brock.
The political ramifications are that you will lose your power . . . Don’t nominate somebody under FBI investigation and somebody who is going to hand Republicans eight years of the White House . . . the GOP will never, ever let her govern without continual attempts of impeachment . . . .
I’m only voting for Bernie Sanders in 2016 . . . and listen to me, because I’m telling you what will happen if Bernie Sanders is not nominee.