ANALYZING LOW GREEN NUMBERS: A) ANALYSIS AND B) CALL TO ARMS
"According to RealClearPolitics...Stein hovers around four percent."
This is very low.
1) Scant media coverage.
2) Progressives focus on Sanders campaign.
3) First time voter Sanders supporters who - engaged w/his campaign - have not had the time as voters to be aware of the only alternative to the two party system that registers at all in U.S. politics.
4) Older, 'seasoned' Sanders supporters who - in this two party system - have long grown accustomed to 'lesser-of-two-evilism' and - short of Sanders - are prepared to fold'into the Democratic establishment. In other words, the large, 'loyal opposition' of the Democratic Party.
5) And last - Attention! This is the most important factor! - the failure of the Sanders movement to evolve into an independent political agent, independent of Sanders: not a full-fledged party, perhaps, but a movement with affinity groups, committees,regional alliances, inter-party alliances, and spokespersons: groupings that could have made demands - not only on the Democratic Party, but upon Sanders as their public servant - and formulated alternative scenarios...
6) ...Scenarios like: 'What do we do if Sanders isn't nominated AND the Democratic Party does not incorporate major elements of our 'shadow-Democratic-platform' platform, backed up by commitments to progressive cabinet appointments? We say they have not negotiated w/their better half, and we will therefore not support them, that's what.'
B) CALL TO ARMS (aka 'What is to be Done?')
Register as Green! Do it now! Yes, stop what you're doing and do it now! Yes, I KNOW it's Sunday! Google it and figure out a time to do it now!
Because progressives - even if you are a progressive not committed to third-party politics or the Greens - can benefit by enabling a third-party progressive voice to keep alive progressive positions.
Because progressives - even progressives prepared to vote Democrat in battleground states - can benefit by threatening the Democratic Party with defeat if they don't tack left in this election.
Because a strengthened third party that gets Democratic voters may force the Democratic Party left not only in this election, but in the long term.
Because - to explicate the above - a Democratic Party with a strong third party will be reminded that - on any issue that they tack left on - they don't have to worry about alienating swing voters (which are phantom, anyway: voters trend strongly Democratic or Republican), but will peel off some of those damned Greens.
Or because - to put it in their terms - they can 'afford' to tack left because...see above.