Can the California Green Party seize its opportunity?
On July 30th the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party passed a resolution proposing that a primary challenge be offered to Obama next year. The Progressive Caucus's certification expired at the same time, and while other caucuses were routinely recertified that day by the state party, the Progressive Caucus (I'm told by its chair, Karen Bernal) would not have been, had a vote been held. So the recertification was tabled, and the Progressive Caucus is in limbo. It no longer exists, but it may yet continue existing.
At some point you have to accept that you are no longer wanted by a political party. At some point you have to accept that you have been thrown out.
Now the challenge for the California Green Party is to reach out in a way that welcomes new people into their party. The key is to recognize the expertise experienced party operatives would bring to the Green Party.