May 11th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
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Actor Gary Sinise floated as possible GOP savior

GOP strategist Nicole Wallace names Sinise and others as possible GOP saviors.
GOP strategist Nicole Wallace names Sinise and others as possible GOP saviors.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Nicolle Wallace, a top adviser to George W. Bush and John McCain’s presidential campaign, is adding a few names to the list of Republicans who might lead the GOP out of the wilderness.

Top among them? Actor Gary Sinise.

Wallace, writing on The Daily Beast, said she first heard the idea from a fellow Republican.

“The natural strengths that an actor brings to politics would come in handy to anyone going up against Obama in 2012,” she wrote. “We will need an effective communicator who can stand toe to toe with Obama’s eloquence.”

Sinise, also a musician, performs for U.S. troops and often champions veterans' causes.

She also named Generals David Petraeus and Ray Odierno as possible Republican saviors.

“Both have denied any interest in a run for office,” she wrote, “but if their masterful management of Iraq is undermined in any way over the next four years, one could hope that they’d reconsider.”

She said that according to most Republicans she has spoken with, a Republican resurgence would demand a new leader, “as opposed to any one of the politicians on the national stage today rising to the occasion.”

Wallace floated the names because she said there’s only so much soul-searching the Republican party can do without the next great leader, someone like President Obama “who matches the moment and transcends the narrow debates about ideology” while moving the political discourse “away from the past.”

She said the ongoing argument about whether the GOP needs to become more moderate or re-assert its conservative principles is a “media-generated debate” and “a false choice that offers nothing but continued division for Republicans.”


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  1. Mandy Cat

    I did have one small question: Who the hell is Gary Sinise? I'm guessing that I'm supposed to recognize this name.

    If we're looking for an actor with spunk, vigor and a fresh approach, how about Yosemite Sam? He's full of piss and vinegar, pops off his six shooter at any provocation and never listens to anyone. That would seem to fulfill all the major requirements for a GOP candidate.

    And I know who HE is.

    May 11, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. John, from SC

    Sure, find someone to lead the party who makes a majority of his money from memorizing a script. I know GS is a strong actor and a generally good person... but yell at the Democratic party for actors backing them and then say that an actor should be your leader... just think.

    May 11, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Peter E

    For a party that couldn't stop criticizing Hollywood for being completely out of touch with America in the past decade, they sure keep packing on actors as their new face.

    May 11, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The GOP is looking to hold the country for Ransom once again and who else to do that better than Jimmy Shaker(Sinise).

    May 11, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. KC

    For all of you saying that Sinise is "out of touch" then you are clueless. Not only has this man spent more time in Afghanistan and Iraq than any politician - he has also set up counseling programs for our Vietnam vets. He knows more about what it means to be an American than any politicians that sits on that Hill and thumbs their noses at the very people who elected them (Spector, Reid, Peloisi, etc.). Not everyone has to believe in bigger, uglier government. I say that it is a shame that more of the Republicans in Hollywood cannot let their voices be heard because of fear of being discriminated against and blackballed. Hollywood is the most intolerant of our nation's people. I refuse to lower myself to the standards of the Democratic Party in order to be considered "socially cool".

    May 11, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Still flowing....

    The GOP need not worry....remember that in the 2008 election over
    59 million Americans voted for you and these Americans and more
    are ready to vote GOP again just because of the DEMS propaganda
    you GOP voters have not given up...you are just biding your time to
    show your support in 2010 and the GOP will rise again !!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Registered Repub

    Why not put Dick Cheney on the ticket with Sarah as his running mate, then we can see how big the support is for the policies they believe in.

    I am a registered Republican and whoever puts intelligent people with intelligent policies on the ticket that is whom I will vote for. If my party honestly believes they can regain power on the platform they have created and keep defending then they can put anybody on the ticket in 2012 because on election day the people decide the direction they want to go. In 2008 that direction was away from the Republican policies that did a tremendous amount of damage to our great nation, both internally and externally, the Republicans making the polices have gone completely deaf to the voice of the majority within thier own party and have lost them.

    I give the dems kudos for understanding how to run a campaign succesfully. They found the candidate, they created a good platform that was not anchored on hate or racial devision, and they created a platform that was intelligent and sought the support of the majority of the voters. Apparently, if your watching congressional votes this year, the elected Republicans believe if they vote no on every single bill that is created for helping the people of this country they will somehow mysteriously regain thier lost power. Thier "NO" vote is what they sow, and when harvest time comes along in 2010/2012 they will reap exactly what they have sown!

    Democrats should be thankful and encourage them in the unwise choices they make. Sure its more fun to poke a stick at them but its more productive to tell them what great choices they are making to keep thier political ship heading straight for the iceburg.

    For the curious I use the word "they" because according to the nitwit former VP I have been banished from my party because I too supported Obama instead of my partys candidate.

    May 11, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Chip

    That said, the fact that he would even support the Republican party suggests that he's out of touch with what the needs of the average American.

    Any takers, what are the needs of the average American?

    May 11, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. KR in Washington

    Any party that needs someone to save them is in deep trouble. Maybe they should work on not being so religion based and veering to the right. Also, the tragic thing of this whole thing is that CSI would probably have to be cancelled. It's one of the better shows and we definitely need that.

    May 11, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Candy West Virginia

    Lost all respect for you Gary when I found out yoiu were a rethuglican. Can't even watch you any more.

    May 11, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. kevincollins

    Another example of Republican hypocrisy: For years they've been griping over Hollywood getting involved with politics mostly on the Democratic side yet here they are wanting GOP-leaning Hollywooders to help their side. Bottom line the GOP motto always is: Do What We Say, Don't Do As We Do.

    May 11, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Eric

    It might seem like fun, but Lt Dan should stay out of the Republican circular firing squad.

    May 11, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. jenny

    Gary Sinise has far too much integrity to be a part of the Republican party as it is now. He seems to be a moderate Republican not a hate mongering horses backside. He may be a very good "face" for the party. Someone who has integrity, is intelligent and can actually give a speech instead of hateful rhetoric. He seems to be my kind of Republican. That said Gary please stick to acting, I enjoy your work far to much to just be able to see it on c-span.

    May 11, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Gabe

    the amusing thing about the whole actor candidate bussiness is how these people (Fred Thompson) sometimes turn out to lose all of thier TV flair once they've been on the campaign trail for awhile. Not all actors are charismatic.

    May 11, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Michael K, Baltimore MD

    The problem with these guys (both parties and the public) is that a charismatic leader has become necessary to deliver an agenda or philosophy.

    The leader principle (or as it was called in Mein Kampf – Furherprinzip) is flawed and subject to cynical manipulation. We need to get behind an idea, not a leader.

    May 11, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Joe Terrogano

    Wait, maybe Arnold will leave California and run for President. How about Bill 0'Riley? Hmmm.O.K. possibly Tony Soprano? Ronald McDonald, oh no he is gay. Well geez, maybe Chuck Norris.

    May 11, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. J.Crobuzon

    Disillusioned, you need to quit listening to pundits. Obama won because he is a politician, a lawyer, and a Democrat. Lt. Dan can't win because he is an actor, a musician, and a Republican.

    May 11, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. fella from Chicago

    Patience my Republican brethen. Whether it's Sinise, Palin, or Rush, once the Commie Chinese call in their markers on our national debt, Iran has completed their nuclear weapons program, and we're still in Pakistan fighting the Taliban a couple years from now, America will jump on the chance to throw Obama and the corrupt Democratic Congress out and install the Republicans once again. Americans will be saying, "anyone but Obama".

    May 11, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Simmy

    Republicans have no shame, and now no sense.......What makes them think Sinise can act that well? Gen. Petraeus seems to have more class, and more sense than to let them manuver him into such a position...He likes to win not lose.....Odierno might be desperate for attention, so I can't guage him....This is too rich......It goes to show how successful President Obama is......Like Republicans, I'm campaigning for 2012 already (The Obama Man's still got IT)....Who's Next in linefor Republicans; Gary Coleman? What you talkin' bout Cheney?

    May 11, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Vic

    My god..you have got to be kidding. The GOP is desperate!! Does Rush approve of this??? Ha Ha. The true leader of the GOP is Rush. And even he doesn't believe the crap he spits out..loosers!

    May 11, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Tom Paine

    Gary Sinese is a true American hero. I'll take him over 100 Obamas.

    May 11, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. jjj

    I hate learning an actors politics.......now when I watch CSI I'll be thinking.....another idiot that voted for Bush,

    May 11, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Zaley

    Gary Sinise is another washed up actor who's looking for fame in all the wrong places. lol lol lol

    May 11, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. bob223@yahoo.com

    I love how republicans tried desperately to paint Obama as a "Hollywood type ," like that was one of the worst things in the world, then looking to an actor as their savior. Their god, Reagan, was an actor. Arnold Schwarzenegger was an actor. Hypocrisy has no bounds it seems.

    May 11, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. "new" GOP

    Too late Gary. Fred Thompson (let me clear my throat) has already cornered the market on TV Thespian-wannabe-politician. Next.

    May 11, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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