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

Actor Gary Sinise floated as possible GOP savior

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Fendell Crews

    Sinise should go to Congress before the "president" thing. He is a good guy.

    May 11, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    Isn't the GOP that always cries about the Hollywood Crowd? And now they want one of that crowd to lead them. The last time they tried that,the man was too lazy to work at it. He made such an impression on me that I can't remember his name. I do remember he played in the movie Hunt For Red October

    May 11, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Leo Kishore

    The natural strength that an actor brings in? Sorry, but MAN nothing sounds more deceptive......

    However, Gary is a pretty good human being, and there are many good people on the republican side. However, the GOP is clearly way too far too the right and has just become a 'moral hammer', which is not going to work at all.

    So the question is, who will the republicans back up? It's a no brainer to me that there are two factions within the term republicans, and they should probably make to factions out of it in order to avoid the incompatible overlap. Less strength of central govt and more state control is great, less spending therefore less taxes is great too (once we get the mess cleaned up). The Christian Govt Network? That is where the GOPs failure lies, other republicans would be smart to get off that ship. Not to say you need to abandon your beliefs, just recognize and respect the line between that and govt policies.

    May 11, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    I'm surprised this actor has not been blacklisted yet by the Hollywood elitists.

    May 11, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. shucks

    If this were the democrats courting a "hollywood type", the republicans would be all over it like white on rice. Call us in another 7+ years when you have something to say. From the looks of things it is going to take you that long just to find your way out of the mess of Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh and the other old white men of the party.

    May 11, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. abe

    Great! Look what "Terminator" did to California! Does anybody know what are the Gary's political views on anything? Republicans are really desparate, aren't they?
    I must admit that I admire him as one great actor; not "hero" but Actor!!

    May 11, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. alvino

    A celebrity is the savior of the GOP? That is so 1980's.

    May 11, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Jeff B in Texas

    How many years did Lt. Dan serve in the military? Has he ever held public office? What is his position on stem cell research? Is he in favor of raising taxes to pay for weapons, bomb shelters?

    I don't even know if this guy can count without using his fingers and toes, and we're supposed to make him president? That kind of thinking is why I switched to the Dem party last year.

    May 11, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. barking republican ankle biters

    I hope he saved enough money from his acting career,I for one will boycott any movie he is in thereafter.

    May 11, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Forrest

    Noooooooo! Lt. Dan!!!!!

    May 11, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. P Stevens

    It is true that the GOP is in need of a leader, but what would this man be? A fiscal conservative? Maybe a social conservative or a right-wing neocon? Or maybe a popular figurehead bowing for big business?
    Given that all of the above have lost their appeal for most Americans, this leader faces an even greater task than the president himself.
    But hey, there's still Limbaugh and Cheney to pull your great party out of trouble...

    May 11, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. D. Tree

    Isn't is kind of sad how the GOP seems to consistently turn to Actors for new blood? Probably because you have to be a good actor if you want to make it look like Republican ideas make any sense at all! 😀

    May 11, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Before you libs go off on a tirade, I've got 2 words for you – Al Franken.

    May 11, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. alvino

    Yeah right, everyone knows that nothing like this can happen until Boss Limpbag makes it official. I really do not think moderates are welcome in the GOP.

    May 11, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Bill-Tampa

    The Republicans need to cease throwing out the names of top Military Generals as the saviours of the Republican party. As a former military officer and former Republican myself, no military member will state which party affiliation they belong to as long as they are active duty and in uniform. Doing so is a conflict of interest. I cannot remember General Patraeus nor General Odierno stating their party affiliation. Which they won't as long as they are active duty military members. This is one reason I left the Republican party. I know longer wanted to belong to an organization that took things for granted and no longer accepts big tent thinking.

    May 11, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Joe the Schmoe

    That's what they're coming up with to stand "toe to toe" with President Obama in 2012.

    Lt. Dan?!?!

    Oy vey

    May 11, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Michael. Austin

    Amazing. Repub's in general hold so much disdain for hollywood types yet their all time favorite is Ronnie boy and now this guy. How about Gary Grouch for VP?

    May 11, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Dave

    That's all the Republicans are, anyway - image with nothing to back it up. Their constituency listens to rhetoric and never looks at results, so it's no wonder all they're looking for is an actor, instead of someone with real governance expertise.

    Yet another epic-fail plan from today's GOP.

    May 11, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Gary Sinise for President? Are you kidding me?

    Geez, it just keeps getting funnier and funnier...

    May 11, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Janice

    Why is anyone still listening to Cheney? Who cares what this man thinks or does.

    May 11, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Expat American

    Palin is the new leader of the GOP.

    Palin has more executive experience than Gary Sinise.

    Gary Sinise is an actor...indeed loved him as Lt. Dan.

    Palin/OctoMom 2012.... and First Dude for Secretary of State

    May 11, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Monrob

    The GOP is really desperate. Ohhh, he sings for the troops....

    May 11, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. andy

    Sounds like another unserious move from an unserious party.

    May 11, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Dana

    There is an "Imposter" joke in here somewhere.

    May 11, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Puff the Magic Dragon

    Sergeant Dan?
    And Forrest Gump for President, right?

    May 11, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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