[Gingrich] Said the GOP needs to nominate a Ronald Reagan-type candidate and added, “I think it’s not an accident that Giuliani is running as well as he is in the polls.”
(Via reader Peter Hughes)
He’s not he only one to attribute the former New York City Mayor’s popularity to his stature. Writing in National Review’s Corner, John Derbyshire contends:
The reason that Rudy is getting so much support from conservatives, in spite of a poor record on social issues, is his Gestalt. It screams ANTI-LIBERAL! Rudy is the anti-Kerry—the very opposite of a mincing, apologetic, guilt-addled elite liberal. A lot of people like that. Whether you can win a nomination on Gestalt remains to be seen, but it’s carried Rudy a good way with conservatives already.
No wonder George Will wrote that Rudy is “confounding expectations.” The American people want a leader who can unite the nation. The former New York City Mayor has a demonstrated ability to lead in the time of crisis. And as the former House Speaker notes, his success in the polls is due, in part, to his resemblance to the most recent Chief Executive to provide a sterling example of leadership.