Yesterday, Jonah warned Newt Gingrich to restrain his “Newtness” — that is, his penchant for making grandiose statements. For instance, he recently told CNN that “because I am much like Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, I’m such an unconventional political figure that you really need to design a unique campaign that fits the way I operate and what I’m trying to do.”
But Joe McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, which endorsed Gingrich yesterday, tells National Review Online he likes the speaker’s style. And through his eyes, Gingrich resembles another world-historical figure: Winston Churchill. “Look at the broad history of the guy — when’s been in the wilderness, as Churchill was — and I don’t think that’s an inaccurate comparison at all,” he says.
“He’ll still argue with you though,” McQuaid adds. During one of his three interviews with the paper this year, Gingrich tried to argue that his infamous “right-wing social engineering” comment wasn’t about Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget. McQuaid remembers his response: “Yeah. Right.”
McQuaid thinks Gingrich’s out-of-the-box approach sets him apart. “Nobody thinks at that level,” he says. “They stay within whatever margin the pollsters and advisers have [given] them.”
What’s more, McQuaid appreciates Gingrich’s candor: “I liked his line that sitting on the couch with Pelosi was the stupidest thing he’s ever done.”