Well, now I see that in Kristol's column he writes:Good catch!
Bloomberg never acknowledged that sane and tolerant people might object to a 15-story Islamic community center and mosque right next to Ground Zero.
Kristol, of course, grew up in New York -- for all I know, in a building taller than 13 or even 15 stories. He's a dishonest sleazebag, but he's no rube. So I have to conclude that it's probably Frank Luntz who's responsible for this massive skyscraper!!! meme.
By the way, while I have no idea whether Frank Luntz is actually involved in this particular snake-oil pitch, it is worth remembering that whenever you hear pols and hacks talking, there's a good chance that the language has in fact been polled and/or focus-group tested. Not always, by any means, and I've not seen good reporting that would allow any kind of estimate, but it is worth keeping in mind.