I was essentially going to write the same thing about Clinton era crap. Our overall situation, however, is that the rich are now doing to the middle class what the middle class already did to the poor. Because we’ve so successfully been divided, pitted against each other by class and race, there isn’t a whole lot we can do about it.
As for 2016: Usually, the VP goes on to run for president. VP Joe Biden already planned to launch his campaign by early 2016 (hasn’t yet officially declared). Any Dem pol can then challenge him for the nomination, and whoever wins the primaries will go on to run for president on the Dem ticket. At this point, it looks almost certain that Democrats will lose, for reasons liberals twist themselves into pretzels to avoid. Masses of the poor, and those who get why unrelieved poverty is sinking the US, voted for Obama in hopes that he could launch a legit national discussion about our poverty crisis. He raised the issue several times, Dems and libs aren’t interested. This year alone, Democrats responded to our poverty crisis by agreeing to virtually end food stamps for the elderly poor and the disabled.