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. msg

    Wait a minute! Hold it! Weren't the Republicans the SAME PEOPLE who were complaining about President Obama's "rockstar potential" and complaining about how the media was making him into more of an "icon" than a serious bid for president?? And now they want to turn around and USE these people in the EXACT SAME fashions that they were COMPLAINING ABOUT?!?! Are you kiddin' me?

    So I guess it's ok do it if a Republican decides to do it. These people are NUTS! And the biggest hypocrits around! How could you denounce something and then turn around and do the exact same thing and call it right. This is an INSANE move for them. I have nothing against Gary Sinise, but I got plenty against the Republican party. And they really think people are that low-level in their thinking that they would actually equate Sinise with the Republican party as a whole?? How STUPID do they think we are?

    But hey...they've shot themselves in the foot this many times....Have at it again, I say.

    May 11, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Wow! Gary Sinise is way too good an actor to be a politician and I suspect that he is way too smart to think anyone would vote for him.

    This idea that a "Savior" is needed for the GOP is crazy. The base of the party wants the same tired ideas to triumph over reason. The new faces of the GOP will likely be those individuals lost in the hope that they can think outside those narrow parameters already carved in GOP stone tablets somewhere. Change is not going to happen within the GOP. It's not allowed. Check with Dicky Cheney on that.

    May 11, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Kelby In Houston, TX

    If your still selling tax cuts; trickel down economics; supply side economics, We don't want it.
    If your not for equal rights for everyone including gay people, We don't want it.
    If your trying to use fear to persuade people to vote fo you, We don't want it.
    If you are described as neo con, gop or republican, flat out, WE DON'T WANT IT!
    these guys keep blaming the media and don't understand that America has just issued a comprehensive rejection of their entire platform

    May 11, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. S.M

    Great and while we're at it; why don't we choose Sponge Bob Square pants as the front runner to head the Republican Party.

    The GOP first needs to look within themselves and change their racist ways towards African Americans and other minorities and compassion for the Middle Class and Poor. In otherwords, stop being the hypocrites that you really are.

    May 11, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Greg

    "Reagan's "trickle down economics" did more harm to our Nation than good! Its a matter of record."

    I don't know what record you're referring to. 21.5 million jobs were created while Reagan was president. He cut domestic spending by about 9% in his first term and cut taxes across the board including cutting the top rate from 70% to 28%, which lead to the end of the worst recession since the Great Depression. That's what we need now to ignite widespread economic growth, rather than trusting Congress to pick the winners and losers with massive debt-financed spending.

    May 11, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Mike

    You Lib's crack me up....every election the ENTIRE hollywood scene is out supporting your candidate. Now I read here a bunch of mocking that the GOP finds one sane person in Ca. You guys are all a real treat, a real wishy-washy treat.

    May 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. liane

    How quick liberals are to dump on Sinese without looking into his backgroun at all. Sinese has been very active behind the scenes much like Fran Driescher, or even Sean Penn. He just has a different take on the facts. Last year he did an amazing documentary on the war and has done much in the way of support for our troups. Being an actor doesn't disqualify you. Being uniformed with little knowledge and then pretending to care is different.

    If he would run as a liberal, who all of you be so quick to judge?

    May 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Jerry

    Sinise is an easy target. He always looks angry, and comes off like a big jerk. The GOP still doesn't seem to grasp the extent of Obama's intellect, and until they do, they will keep looking insanely stupid.

    May 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. obama/mama

    Maybe Krusty the Clown or Bart Simpson should go for this job

    May 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Randy S.

    The hypocrisy of the left is simply delicious. You want to ridicule the GOP playing up an actor for a possible political role. Yet you follow idiots like Al Franken, Janeanne Garofalo, Babs, Jesse Ventura, the Baldwin boys, hanging on every word they speak.
    Sinise has more intelligence than all of the above combined plus any other Hollywood left wing-nut you want to add to the mix.
    Thanks for the laugh, great way to start my week.

    May 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. tigerakabj

    So, their looking for another actor "a la Reagan" who can fool enough people into voting against their interest (again). Their own Cheney and the other co-leader Uncle Rush is willfully kicking out of the party one of the most popular, down-to-earth, honorable statesmen, Colin Powell.

    Forget looking for a politician who knows the issues (America cares about), has a deep understanding of the world, etc. Lets just get somebody who will be a puppet who can be controlled by the boys behind the scenes. Just as long as he can act good, all will be well.

    GOP, is it any wonder why you have 20% identifying as Republican and failling? People are tired of the circuses, the lies, and the smokescreens (i.e. abortion, marriage).

    May 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. KC

    Gary Sinise has already done more for our troops and veterans of past wars and ANY of the current and past politicians. No one is saying that he would run for President - but he could do a lot for the party.

    May 11, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Lois

    The Democratic party is nothing but a bunch of nit-wits. they have no morales. The lie to all Americans, cheat on their taxes and pad their own pockets.....I have no respect for any of them.

    May 11, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Randy S.

    And then you want to rap on Sinise's experience. Another good laugh, considering who you put in the White House.

    May 11, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. America Shrugged

    I wonder what Gary Sinise has to say about all of this? Reading these news snippets of the crumbling of the GOP party is like reading a very bad comic strip every day.

    May 11, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. David

    Gee, wasn't the GOP all over Obama for "Pallin' around with celebrities?"

    May 11, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Marcus

    I like Gary Sinese as a person and actor, and I'm sure he's a fine and decent Republican. But what gets me was how much the Republican Party was knocking Obama for having so many celebrities support him. Now they're looking for celebrities to bring them out of the hole they're in...I think Webster can finally add the word "Republican" in its thesarus for words similar to "hypocrite."

    May 11, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. bilbo

    Great....the salvation of the GOP is to have someone 'play a politician on TV'.........

    May 11, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. once upon a horse

    Palin/Sinise in 2012 with Joe the Plumber as Sec of State....

    New GOP....you betcha!!

    May 11, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Mel of Alexandria

    We just have to wait and see where any would be "savior" stands with the rigid right wing nuts. It is obvious that the "running backs", or talking heads are moving towards the deep right and may be already out of bounds and cannot sustain the running game.

    May 11, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Where is the real Republican party?

    WHAT?? Turning to a.....CELEBRITY? but wait! I thought that was bad?

    I feel really bad for the everyday conservatives who live with moral fiber and actually help one another and their communities. I have many friends who are Republicans and are GOOD people. Love them dearly.
    It is terrible that they are being misrepresented badly by GOP leaders who are doing and saying narrow-minded, hateful things.

    May 11, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    Reagan's neoconservative ideology was incoherent. He didn't shrink the government ... he drove up massive deficits. All he did is whip out the national credit card, and have a party on the house. Now we are left to foot the bill.

    Although, since he was an actor, he was able to deliver his lines with some feeling of credibility. I guess when you are the GOP, you need someone who can spew make-believe out of their mouth, without flinching at the sound of their own voice.

    I think what the GOP should do instead ... is what they do in movies when the lead actor drops out of the movie for whatever reason. Recreate a version of Ronald Reagan in CGI, and have the computer FX guys in Hollywood finish the last scenes of this golden turkey. At least that way, they can give him muscles and put him in spandex. 🙂

    May 11, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. ~~ July ~~

    I am sorry .. I do think he is a good ACTOR ....

    The GOP see him as Capt. Dan ..... they think of him as a REAL PERSON this Capt. Dan .

    May 11, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Paul, Riverside CA

    LOL, this is too funny.

    The GOP rails against the left because of their connections to Hollywood, and yet they go out and want to hoist up Gary Sinese? The GOP is a small-fry short of a Happy Meal, unbelievably hypocritical and downright lame.

    May 11, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Jeanine G

    as much as I admire Mr. Sinise as a performer, I think they need to try to find a "savior" that has held public office, AND has charisma....I think republicans should be insulted by the idea of cultivating a non-politician towards the presidency, at least Thompson, Ventura, Bono, Scwartzenegger, and Reagan, all held a public office of some kind. Let's keep presidential hopefuls to a few standards at least.

    May 11, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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