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. Johio

    You should all relax a little bit. One political consultant merely made a suggestion and you're going off on how stupid Republicans are for picking this guy. The GOP, as a party, hasn't given this a thought, and probably won't. I'm not a Republican, but it's pretty obvious they would never nominate him to run for President. Get a grip folks.

    May 11, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. nom deplume, esq.

    Great way to kill an acting career.

    It is common knowledge that Hollywood still blackballs Republicans as payback for the Kefauver era inquisitions. Once Hollywood finds out you are with the GOP, you don't get very many call-backs.

    May 11, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Jayden,FL

    HAHA are you serious! this man? lol The GOP are in desperation mode!

    May 11, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Chad

    I find it hillarious so many of you who post on here stereotype all republicans as idiots. Shows just how intelligent some of you really are.

    May 11, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. AP in Illinois

    Did anyone mention that Sinise is from the corrupt state of Illinois. I just thought I would mention that since we kept hearing about it from the GOP about Obama. I wonder if Sinise ever met William Ayers?

    May 11, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. david,baltimore,mamryland

    Talk about a party in disgrace.They have no leaders and they have no ideas.No person of any substance will associate themselves with a party run by buffoons like Hannity and Limberger.They are driving all respectable conservatives out of the party.
    I guess it will take a landslide for these clowns to realize how out of touch they are with most americans.

    May 11, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Vern

    Can you say DESPERATE!!!???
    Who is this guy? Another nobody that the Republicants are trying to recuite to save their party just like they tried with Joe the plumber. I think they should go ahead with their plans...OBAMA 2012!!!!

    May 11, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. MESA MICK

    I seriously doubt that the current crop of GOP members and their neocon evangelical purists would nominate JC himself.
    As you know he's the champion of "looking out for your brother" and that is the rethuglicants definition of "socialism".

    May 11, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Wow, the left-wing hate machine is out in full force this morning. I guess they won't be happy until they have a 100% monopoly on power, just like in the former Soviet Union. Give it a rest, liberals..... unless that is truly what you are after.

    May 11, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Randy

    That's it I won't watch CSI New York again!

    May 11, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. bobby

    save us Lieutenant Dan!

    May 11, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Wow

    The GOP is thinking of fielding actors. Hmmm .... that is funny remebering that these were the same people that called Obama a celebrity. Now you want to turn to Hollywood? Sometimes I wonder who really does the deep thinking for the republicans....?if they do any

    May 11, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Charles Atlanta

    Well, are these folks got approved & blessed by Rush yet?

    May 11, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Laverne

    Again, the republican party being a hypocrite. They was all over Barack Obama calling him a "celebrity" during the campaign and now they have to look to a celebrity to lead them out of the wilderness. These nutcases never quit. I smell desperation big time!

    May 11, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. JonDie

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

    I wouldn't be surprised to see Petraeus take advantage of his position to run for office.

    Petraeus can claim he was the architect of our "victory" in Iraq (a "victory" which left our army in shambles and accounts for the fact we are losing in Afghanistan) but Petraeus can then blame Obama for not letting Petraeus win the unwinnable war we are fighting in Afghanistan.

    May 11, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. j

    "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.'”

    um, is this an admission that the GOP, or perhaps cheney's 'death squads,' are – or will be – out planting roadside bombs or stirring up some other sort of mischief in Iraq in the interest of gaining votes back home?

    May 11, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Good Texan

    If he jumps in head first with the GOP.... I will boycott his show!!! I like Las Vegas CSI better anyways!!!

    May 11, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Sandy

    Would that be CSI Washington DC?

    May 11, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Terry, TX

    Go Gary...
    Those critical of Gary....can keep their creepy left defacto leaders...you know the ones....the ultra left-wingers like Pelosi, Reid, Chris Dodds, Rep Murtha, Sean Penn, Janet Garofalo, Jamie Foxx, Chris Matthews, Michael Moore, Joy Behar, Bill Maher, Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow, Al Gore, Richard Belzer, Schumer, Perez Hilton, Paris Hilton, Senator Leaky Leahy, Geithner, Boxer, Rachel Maddow, Jeffrey Immelt, Keith Olberman, Rep Conyers, Rep Maxine Waters, Rep Boxer, Rep Meeks, Rep Davis, Franklin Raines, Rep Clay, Waxman, the ACLU, ACORN, Cafferty and Anderson on CNN, Eric Holder, and Janet Napitalano…to list a few. I will take the sane over the insane.

    May 11, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Next the GOP is going to want Jack Bauer(Kiefer Sutherland) to run for POTUS. I sure do love me some Jack Bauer, but after President Obama has restored our good name, I don't think it will be a wise move to elect a man who is the posterboy for torture.

    May 11, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Mary in Georgia

    Man, if I was "a top adviser to George W. Bush and John McCain" I'd try to keep it a secret.

    May 11, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Jeff

    Just another sign how the Republican party just doesn't get it. I was a Republican all my life, but just switched to Democrat because I think the party has become way too out of touch with life and reality. Too much pandering to the ultra convervatives, especially in the Bible Belt. Why should the party care what people in the BB think? They aren't (or weren't) the majority in the party before, and if they didn't like a more moderate Republican Party, where were they going to go? The Nazi party? Anyway, the Republican Party is a raft floating toward the falls...no leadership. Michael Steele couldn't lead a train out of a tunnel let alone the Republican Party, and Rush is too conservative and polarizing, only adding to the disconnect.

    Anyway, lets see the RP spin the wheel again to see who they can find. It will be fun to watch.

    May 11, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    When will you R's get it through your thick heads? Limbaugh is you leader. Bow before him you ignorant masses and don't ask too many questions of his Majesty.

    May 11, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. REB

    Sinise is a native-born citizen and he's over 35 years old. Under the constitution, he is qualifed to run for federal elective office. More power to him if this is what he wants to do. His support for the rank-and-file troops is well known. Support for the war-fighter is not a partisan issue, however.

    Elected civilians make the policies, enact the laws, and establish the rules. The military does an outstanding job. The tragedy of the past 8 years has been the way it has been misused.

    May 11, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Olga

    Unless Sinise is done with acting, he probably wouldn't tough the GOP with a 10 foot stick.

    May 11, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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