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. Kristine

    Honestly, whenever I read about Gary Sinise he never really striked me as politically motivated. He'd get angry when anyone would bash the troops but I've never seen him actually get in or talk about politics. He just doesn't seem to have that type of ambition. He seems and is spoken as a very nice warm person. Just not someone who would run for president.

    May 11, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Traveler

    My boyfriend and I were in New Orleans a few years ago. The DAV was staying at our hotel downtown. Gary Sinise was the speaker. He was wanting to travel on the streetcar and was asking the concierge what was needed to ride. He was wearing jogging pants and did not have anything other than a credit card and needed cash. My boyfriend "loaned" him $5 so he could ride the streetcar. Was a great story to add to our wonderful trip.

    May 11, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. RAG

    What is this with the Republicans and minor actors as front men? First Reagan, now this. Didn't we learn our lesson about empty-suit front men as President from Ronnie?

    May 11, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Ben

    this is preposterous...I think we all know how bad things can go when an ACTOR becomes president...I'd prefer to not have to hate Sinise as he does a very good job on CSI...actors need to do their thing and intelligent capable people like Obama need to run the country....as it is this is a far fetched and well stupid idea

    May 11, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Joe in Austin

    With what the author says about Obama, she should vote for him.

    May 11, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Tim E

    Sinise and Huckabee would make a great band. Toss in Sarah Palin on flute and Rush Limbaugh jumping and twitching with his matching half-filled pill bottles and they could call it "Return to The Really White House." Ah, the thrill of watching the RNC searching for its Great White Hope!

    May 11, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. I sat in the church pews for 20 years and didn't hear a word..

    Well at least he is smarter then Teflon Man...........

    May 11, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Rod

    At least Sinise has integrity, and thats a major improvement over everyone currently wanting to be a republican leader. But honestly the mainstream political parties are corrupt, incompetent, innefficient, misguided, etc. We need a leader that recognizes the wisdom of libertarian values. A combination of social progressivism with fiscal responsibility is the only cure for the times we live in.

    May 11, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. St. Louis

    Is he qualified to be president? Or are they just picking him because they hope he can beat President Obama?

    May 11, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. yolanda

    Correction! Reagan was the most loved president to the republican. I personally think his political beliefs lead to the mess now. As for Gary, "Stupid is as stupid does."

    May 11, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Rich in Seattle

    Ah, that's to bad. I use to like him.

    May 11, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Cali J

    You lefties are funny. You have the likes of Pelosi, Reid, Sharpton, Rangle, Jefferson, McKinney, Durbin, Kerry, Edwards, Kennedy and all of the other whack jobs as well as Obama running the defecit to 4 times what Bush did, and you think you have a lock on this country for years to come? The kool aide you're all drinking must have some strong stuff in it. Your party is much more corrupt and whacked out than the current batch of Republicans. Winning a couple elections doesn't build an empire.

    May 11, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. So pitiful

    When it suits them the repulicans bash Hollywood and actors, but when they are desperate for votes then it is okay to bring a huge name on board–because they have nothing else, no ideas, nothing except "everybody must do and think the way we do."

    May 11, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. jo jo

    WOW!!!!!! They just don’t get it. The GOP is totally out of touch with the American people. Just like they thought by selecting any old black man to lead their party would draw in more diversity, now they think an actor will do the same. A word of advise to the GOP, start by associating with “real” American people and see what we need from our elected officials. All we want is to feel we are apart of the decision-making and not so far removed we don’t even count. This is why President Obama is so popular. He makes us feel like he is genuinely concerned about our interests. This isn’t something an “actor” or “any old black man” can do. You either have it or you don’t and right now, you don’t and I doubt very seriously you ever will!

    May 11, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. George

    Even Lassie would have been smarter than Bush.

    May 11, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. dominican mama 4 Obama

    In other news.... it appears that Cheney just threw Powell under the bus.

    Oh well! Run Gary! Run!!!!

    Obama/whoever '12!

    May 11, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. GonzoSalad

    Sinese is a bad fit for the GOP. Sinese cares about veterans. Sinese helps veterans. Sinese wants the government to do more for the veterans. Republicans do not care about the veterans and neither do the democrats. Both parties view members of the military as tools to be used and forgotten.

    May 11, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Eric Roberts

    I think the problem here is that instead of revamping thier platform and moving it out of the middle ages, they are attempting to do a facelift instead. As long as they keep doing that, the GOP will never change and it will continue to be more and more irrelevant. It's not the people in the GOP that are the problem, it's the platform and the herd mentality. Instead of tryin to go back to the 1950's and 1960's GOP, they should be trying to bring thierparty into the 21st century. Divisive issues spurned on by the religious right only hurt the GOP. If they could ever learn to stop pandering to the American Taliban, they might actually get somewhere.

    May 11, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. GOP = 21st century dodo

    The GOP is not looking for a leader, it's looking for a spokesperson. Just as with Reagan, George W. Bush, and Sarah Palin, what the real GOP (the old men Huckabee described sitting in a room smoking cigars and drinking bourbon) wants is someone who will do as they're told and hopefully not frighten small children when they talk.

    May 11, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Matt

    You must all salute Lt. Dan!

    May 11, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. C

    Don't mess up your career buddy!

    May 11, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. B.H.

    Why not ONE MORE idiot in the GOP.......!

    May 11, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Grant from Denver, CO

    Looking for another actor to fill the role of political leader? I guess it worked for Reagan, but I don't think it is wise to try to relive the glory years; doesn't usually work-out like one hopes. I like Sinise, but I hope he stays out of this nonsense.

    May 11, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Chip

    When was the last time some S.A.G. reject ran on a Democratic ticket?

    Can anyone say Al Franken?

    May 11, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Jim

    Cheney's Republicanism IS the problem. Without Cheney were would the Republican Party be today? Maybe not in the White House, but certainly not as broken and de-moralized either.

    Sad, sad petty little man.

    May 11, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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