In a year where outsider candidates are on the rise, members of the Washington establishment are facing new struggles to maintain their position of power.
Even longtime politicians have found themselves vulnerable and are facing significant challenges from up-and-coming new leaders.
One such example is Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has served for nearly three decades and is currently in a pitched battle against Dr. Kelly Ward for his seate.
As it currently stands, the polls are split, with Gravis Marketing showing a landslide victory for Ward by a 9-point spread and PPP showing the opposite, a 13-point spread in favor of McCain.
Former President George W. Bush has decided to put down the paint brush and re-enter the political arena to support some of his old allies.
So far, Bush has headlined fundraisers for two Republican senators with plans to assist three others in the near future, and McCain has made the list.
According to new reports, Bush will begin fundraising for McCain in an attempt to run damage control for the beleaguered Arizona senator — caused in part by the Trump insurgency.
Bush and McCain will both be skipping this summer’s GOP convention, possibly as a protest of Trump’s presumptive nomination, and instead focus on winning congressional battles.
Whether a Bush endorsement will manage to secure McCain his re-election — or even prove helpful for the incumbent — has yet to be seen.
There also exists the possibility that a Bush endorsement could further fracture the party and amplify resentment among those who desire change in Washington.
Commenting on the infighting between members of the GOP, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan encouraged Republicans to vote their conscience.
“I get that this is a very strange situation. He’s a very unique nominee,” said Ryan of Trump in a yet-to-be-aired interview with NBC. “But I feel as a responsibility institutionally as the speaker of the House that I should not be leading some chasm in the middle of our party. Because you know what I know that’ll do? That’ll definitely knock us out of the White House.”