May 11th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

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. Kevin in NJ

    Huh? The guy does good work, no doubt about that. But does that mean he is the "savior" of a whole party? That is totally out of left field. LOL.

    May 11, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Danka1

    One word “desperation”!

    May 11, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. John

    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.

    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.”

    Hahahahahahaha. Wait till I stop laighing. Didn't the republican party already have an actor who almost screwed the country with his trickle down economics. Man you people are really something. Then they complain about Al Franken. I can hardly stop laughing at the hypocracy of the GOP.

    May 11, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Ignorance

    So they are up to their mimic game again. NO new ideas let's just copy the oppositions game plan. Republicans – NO NEW IDEAS!

    Here's a thought. If you brand is so great then why do you need to change at all? No response needed.

    May 11, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. Big red shoes

    If they are as hateful as the rest god help us all. Let Rush be the leader try to elect him.

    May 11, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    I thought Republicans didn't like the celebrity factor? They slammed Obama for having high profile supports in Hollywood. How is this any different? Hypocrisy at its best.

    May 11, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Graham from SC

    All I heard last year was about Obama's "celebrity" support, now the Republicans are asking a major actor to be the "New face and voice of the Republican party." Wow, they must be really desperate because all they did the past few years was harp on Obama and his celebrity support. Looks like the Republicans will be eating their own words for lunch today.

    May 11, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. lovable liberal

    Well, he was good as Harry Truman, but Truman was a Democrat.

    It's good the Republicans are finally looking to cast a new face for the role of a lifetime. Sinise is a better actor than Ronald Reagan ever was, but it's hard to see him as anything other than a potential figurehead for the usual GOP suspects.

    May 11, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Troy

    I am very disappointed that Actor Gary Sinise is a Re[ublican, he has to be Brain Washed to believe in the Republican Leader "Rush" ! Wake up Gary!

    May 11, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    There is no saving the GOP. Mr. Sinise needs to stick to acting. Not all republicans are Ronald Reaganesque.

    May 11, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Slaton

    Great ! He can act like he really really cares about the common folk !

    May 11, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Eileen

    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.”

    Only 21% will admit to being republican and you're blaming the media? Whew. You'll be a long time in the wilderness. The republican partys extreme hypocracy has been exposed. Small government, fiscal conservatives – they have to lay those to rest, no one is buying it.

    May 11, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    The GOP thinks another actor can turn them around? You had Fred Thompson and you saw how well he did in the primary season. This whole party is in need of an ideological bailout no matter who you put up there. Instead of looking around and hoping a savior falls from the sky, how about putting out a platform that outlines your beliefs. Keep moving to the right and embracing your backward idealogues and see where that gets you my friends.

    May 11, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. CHERYL IN FLORIDA

    There is no saving this party!
    Cheney and Bush should be in jail, instead this television station thinks it is ok to give them a forum to bash our ELECTED President!
    I say we boycott them!
    Obama is doing GREAT! the last time I checked the GOP was ousted due to BAD performance!
    The American people SUPPORT our President!!

    May 11, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    My question is about Sinise knowing the issues - Does he? If he does and plans on quiting acting while in running for and serving in office, then that might be something to consider. My major question is about him knowing what to do in office and the issues that confront his district, state or country. Generally I am in favor of most professions have some representatives in Congress; one of my exceptions are actors. Sometimes you don't know if that is what they really believe or a really good performance.

    May 11, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. Lynn in NM

    There's already an actor in the White House. We don't need another.

    May 11, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. judy

    Only an actor could win an election as a republican, pretend to be "for "the American people!!

    May 11, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. P Alfonso

    We don't know yet who will emerge as the new leaders of the Republican Party. One thing I am sure of is that the people and wising up, educating themselves on true politics and it is going to be hard to keep on fooling them.
    Who ever the new leaders may be they will have to be people who owe their souls to the American public and not to the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations). Neither the people or the political parties have been picking our public official for the past 100 years, since its foundation, the CFR has.

    May 11, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Pat Dunedin Fl

    Poor Actor , Poor Ratings, Poor Choice for GOP good for Dems,
    almost as good as Chuck Norris or Jon Voight!!!!!!

    May 11, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Clay

    Since the GOP has no substance whatsoever, an actor probably makes perfect sense to them. I would suggest, however, the parrot from Pirates of the Caribbean. Many parrots have a better command of the English language than Bush and, since they're simply rehashing the same sad storyline, should easily be able to take the GOP helm without much effort.

    May 11, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. dave

    Why do they keep trying to redo Regan. We have real problems and I don't think someone from central casting will be the answer.

    May 11, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Desmond

    No, No, stick to your guns, as Cheney would say. Choose a RUSH of stupidity or FALIN Palin or the Gingrich that keeps trying to steal Christmas. Do not ever give Meghan McCain a chance. Hollywood did work for Reagan.

    May 11, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. A. Goodwin

    Good for the Republican's. Maybe they can get Senise started on the Sunday show circut now so that we don't have to hear more anti-Americanism from Cheney.

    Honestly, the American public is sick of the puppets that the GOP set before them (Palin, Limbaugh, Cheney, Hannity). I like Gary Senise as an actor, but I fear he's being used. Just wait – as soon as he says something "moderate" (or should I say, intelligent), the GOP will be ready to throw him under the bus along with Spector and Powell.

    May 11, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Republicans are the American Taliban

    So the GOP needs a savior? I thought they already had one in God. God wanted them to lose so who are we to question that, right?

    May 11, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. Marge

    Gee how come the republicans are constantly panning actors, look how they moan and whine about Franken. BUT BUT BUT when the actor is a republican it is a whole different story..He is wonderful...gee what a double standard, but then of course, their republicans what do you expect. That is exactly why they are the party of NO sense, NO character, No nothing.

    May 11, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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