September 28 marked the 43rd anniversary of the death of Gamal ‘Abdel Nasser, and it was marked amid growing enthusiasm in Egypt's media for another military man, Gen. ‘Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi. Although General Sisi continues to decline public comment on a possible candidacy and unofficially is said to not want to run for President, a broad range of political figures ranging from Nasserists to various types of liberals are endorsing Sisi even though he has not said he is running, And today, General Sisi called for a faster transitional period in order to restore stability in a speech to the military.
Sisi certainly has seemed a far more charismatic figure since ousting Muhammad Morsi in July than either Morsi or Sisi's military predecessor, the uninspiring Field Marshal Tantawi. But while many supporters of a Sisi Presidency see him as a charismatic leader who saved the country, others look to the Army as providing a guarantor of stability and an end to the widespread violence and lack of security that has plagued the country since the 2011 ouster of Husni Mubarak. After all, every Egyptian leader since 1952, until the year-long interlude of Morsi, came from the Armed Forces (all but Mubarak, who was Air Force, came from the Army).
Two potential military candidates for the presidency, former Chief of Staff Sami Enan and former Air Force Chief Ahmad Shafiq (who lost narrowly to Morsi in the 2012 elections) have each said that while they are candidates, they will not run if Sisi decides to stand.
Some Egyptian leftists are warning against military rule as "fascist," but the experience of military rule in Egypt, while authoritarian, has never really been fascist. A better term might be Bonapartist, especially given the rising mood of turning to Sisi as a potential military savior who will restore stability after the chaos of the revolutionary period.
Admittedly, at this distance it is hard to judge how widespread and genuine the enthusiasm for Sisi may be, as opposed to how much it is a product of the state-owned media propaganda, though independent papers and television stations are also on the Sisi bandwagon.