The Green Party didn’t even crack one half of 1 percent. But they did better than the last two cycles. Does that matter? I don’t know. I’ll partly agree with reader and frequent conversant Mr. Salk: the best way forward for minor parties is grassroots. But they also need, and in my opinion, deserve, national attention. Anyone on the ballot in most or all states should be part of the major debates, period. I don’t think I’ll ever change my mind on that.
Here’s what else didn’t happen: the Green Party didn’t hurt Obama. Billions of dollars spent on the federal race by the major parties. Dems retain Senate, GOP retains House, Obama retains White House.
That’s not to say the next Obama administration won’t be a welcome departure from the first. I hope and pray it will.
Now that Mitt Romney’s 5-year tour of political cynicism has ended, I hope the President’s 4-year tour of political expediency has, too.