The first midterm elections of Bill Clinton＊s presidency were an utter disaster. By September of 1996, Clinton had a Gallup approval rating of 60 percent, and Bob Dole was crushed.
Barack Obama was given a similarly dismal prognosis after the 2010 midterms. By late 2012, his approval rating was at or above 50 percent, and he wound up easily beating Mitt Romney.
What is the significance of these rebound stories for Trump, who will run against real opponents, not public perceptions?