You want to know why Hillary Clinton is leading among all Democrats by huge margins? It is simple: She is the only Democrat big enough to separate from President Obama in 2016 and still win a general election. You can't name anybody else who can do that.
Why would any Democrat want to do that? It is simple: Because even 3 years from now, we are still going to have a shitty economy. President Obama's legacy on the economy is pretty much set: slow, middling growth coupled with vast inequality and poverty. Eight more years of treading water is hard sell. You'd have to be an idiot to run on the Obama economic record. For any other Democrat, there will be no avoiding it.
The cyclic nature of politics should mean the tide is against us. Add to that a Democratic Party that is still afraid of its own shadow, and we shouldn't expect any bold policy initiatives that will fix our crap economy. The only thing saving us in a national election is three things:
2. The Republican Party is fucking crazy.
And that's the truth, Ruth.