Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Michael Reagan: Newt should stop using Reagan crutch

Michael Reagan, who's supporting Newt Gingrich, nevertheless had some critical advice for him on Fox News today.

"Ronald Reagan told us what the city on the hill looked like to him. I think Newt Gingrich needs to tell the country what that city on the hill looks like to him.

And make it Gingrich's City on the Hill, and not Ronald Reagan's City on the Hill.

I think the party needs to look past Ronald Reagan and look for that next, great leader.... learn from my father.

Don't, in fact, try to be my father. Be yourself.

Gingrich has associated himself more heavily with Reagan than any other candidate, and often treats the ex-president as -- in the words of the famous poem -- a "shadow that goes in and out with me."

Good example: So far, Newt's referenced Reagan 55 times in the GOP debates. The next closest is Santorum at 14.