If you only paid attention to the presidential primaries you’d come away with the impression that this is an anti-status quo, anti-establishment kind of year. Voters have rewarded brash outsiders who want to shake up the “rigged” system. While Republicans were obviously more willing to support revolutionary change, Sanders success in fundraising and taking a big chunk of the primary vote was a sign of a significant desire for change within the Democratic electorate. But, move away from the presidential contest and you see few signs of this “throw the bums out” mentality anywhere else. President Obama has a 51 percent approval rating - a marked improvement from 2014 and 2015 when his approval ratings barely broke the mid-40s. Moreover, House and Senate incumbents have easily won their primary contests, including those who are literally the representation of the status quo – House Speaker Paul Ryan and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz. The handful of House losers were undone by their own problems (indictment, redistricting or personality) more than the overall political mood. Trump is the ultimate disrupter, yet the
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