I just revisited the site I referred to in my previous post and saw something I'd not focused on before. Of all the recent presidents whose polling numbers were charted, only Bushes I and II hit those nutsy highs in the eighty-plus range. Neither Reagan nor Clinton, the "popular presidents" reached such heights. They wallowed in the fifties/sixties ranges--and were re-elected. But Bush I collapsed, from super-inflated numbers to the thirties as the election approached.
I dunno, but as a Bush-despising observer I gotta say, I love what I'm seeing.