Before we get too concerned about who will be President of the U.S., do bear in mind the POTUS these days is merely a corporate front man. The warm body in the Oval Office may or may not change, but the policies will remain the same: making the rich richer, and stringing everyone else along. If any President were to disobey corporate orders, he or she would suffer a major scandal or an "accident."
The only way we're going to see any fundamental, meaningful change is through a bottom-up revolution (or, if things get bad enough, a military putsch). Otherwise, the POTUS will follow corporate orders, nothing more.
With that sort of 'why bother' attitude, no wonder we can't get things done. Too many people these days are all 'I can't do anything' or 'my vote doesn't count'. I had SIX workers in my squadron who did that.. and ALL of them were from south florida. (Two of them were from contested areas of Dade County) This was in the wake of the 2004 election. No one is 'irrelevant' in the political process.
Once you've decided that you aren't and look for ways to circumvent it, you're not part of the process, you're an opponent to it. Don't think we're to the point where armed insurrection is needed.
I notice a LACK of enthusiasm about taking the hard choices in a lot of folks I talking with. Reforming the process takes time, money and effort. One of the things that I really DESPISE about the talking heads is barely 2 years into a presidency there is a lot of complaint of progress. The President is not the total authority, he has to work with Congress and the voters to get things done. That takes time.
Once laws are implemented it takes time to build a structure to enforce the law. That takes time. Change in the economy, for example, don't occur instantly. It took a LONG time and three different presidents to reduce the deficit that our last President rebuilt. That's TWO Decades of diverse policy actions and changes. A LOT of time.
Anyone that expects things to change instantly with the wave a magic wand isn't realistic. President Obama moved quickly to institute a policy in the White House to reduce the role of lobbyists when he took office (A two year 'stand off' period between leaving the White House staff position and joining the firms.. and the 'stand aside' rule for people in policy making in areas they had worked in the past with)