Contrary to popular perception and political rhetoric, the Green Party of the United States is the actual flag bearer of American liberalism; its ethos, pathos and logos sit at the very core of every purist liberal in the country. Not since the days of President John F. Kennedy, and subsequently, President Lyndon Johnson, have the liberals had one of their own to call President.
The result of the 2012 presidential election means that the liberals will once again be piggybacking on the left wing of the Democratic Party to champion their cause. It bears no reminding that the party's share of the popular vote in 2012, 0.36%, is its worst since 2000 (2.74%/2000, 0.38%/2004, 0.56%/2008).
While they can take heart from the fact that the campaign of their nominee for President, Dr. Jill Stein, managed to expand the party's ballot access to 38 states, the stark truth is, the next four years will be crucial to the party's credibility as a major political force, and perhaps, long-term survival. A great challenge awaits the party's next presidential candidate - and this is no exaggeration.