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. James

    Oh boy...another ACTOR...a HOLLYWOOD type to ACT as their savior. Another dope who can recite the prescribed lines and give no thought to anything. Sound familiar? It should.

    Just like the GOP to demonize the "Hollywood Elite" and then go straight to Hollywood to find their answers.

    They really should hire Disney to be in charge of their "repackaging". At least then they could have sparkly fairy dust to make their crap look nice.

    May 11, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Romney2012

    @Kevin in NJ –

    That's liberal translation. Anyone, I mean anyone that poses a threat to mushroom farm created by the Obama administration. CNN's too much in bed to back out now; although it's the right time if they want to salvage any crediblity in the journalism world.

    NEXT up – Obama's goons digging up, and/or fabricating dirt against Gary....just like Joe the Plumber.

    May 11, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Chip

    It's fun to read the responses to this. Wallace said it was an IDEA, floated by a fellow Republican that they needed somebody LIKE Gary Sinise. No implications that he is interested or that an actor is what is needed, simply someone that can be as eloquent as Obama.

    In true fashion, the lemming crowd take the rumor and run with it and throw out all kinds of vitriol.

    As amusing as that is, it isn't nearly as funny as those professing allegiance to the 'party of the educated' committing every form of grammatical and spelling error known to man in a simple one or two paragraph tirade.

    May 11, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. E-Man

    Republicans are DESPERATE, and IRRELEVENT... I love Cheney opening his mouth, he's making things worse for them, Gingrich, Palin, Limbaugh, and Michelle Bachman too... They are seriously out of touch with MOST Americans...

    May 11, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. IMHO

    I like Gary Sinise as an actor and think his work on behalf of our troops and the Iraqi people is admirable.

    In no way does this make him qualified to hold public office.


    May 11, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. GOP = 21st century dodo

    GOP still stuck on Reagan

    May 11, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Changing the cast of characters isn't going to do the slightest bit of good unless they change the script too. Yet another pretty face bashing gays and legislating from the christian bible isn't going to help–they tried that with Sarah Paliin.

    May 11, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. IMHO

    If Gary Sinise were elected to any office, it would be just like George W. Bush all over again: a face put out their to get the votes, while the real power and control would be in the hands of people like Rove, Cheney, Norquist .... Don't the Republicans want to be in charge of their own destiny?

    May 11, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. D. Sangiovanni

    I agree 100% with her . At last someone who makes sense about the GOP.

    May 11, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. dominican mama 4 Obama

    I actually thought of possible, viable, and credible new leader and face for the GOP" Mr. Colin Powell. Now with this man at the helm the GOP might be able to pull off a "Lazarus". I really respect Gen. Powell and what he stands for. The only stumbling block is the Party itself:can they put their money where their mouth is and be truly inclusive, or are they just looking to appear to be so with dimwitted pupetts like Michael Steele?

    May 11, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Why all the hate?

    Wow, so much hatred from the party in power. I'm no Republican, but the hatred being spewed from the left is no better than the hatred spewed by the right. The neo-con, RINO's in power of the Republican Party right now is what's killing the party, but shouldn't that make the Democrats happy–not angry? Just saying...

    As far as Gary Sinise, good for him. Any American should be able to get involved in politics if the people elect him (or her). I don't know much about him, but it wouldn't be any worse than electing Al Franken.

    The Republican Party needs a new face AND new ideology–more personal freedom, less government intervention, stop policing the world, quit legislating morality, ACTUAL fiscal conservatism, and bring the troops home. If the Republicans would follow this ideology, it would be hard to beat them. Unfortunately, they try too hard to act like liberals, and end up acting like Communists.

    May 11, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Texas Observer

    Talk about being in the political wilderness.....

    They are taking the approach of 'having the cake and eating it too'. They do not want to give up their loony right wing base and reform from within. They are not understanding that this base is the reason why they are not, or will they ever get a majority in a National level election in this country. Somebody needs to realize that, cut their losses and move away from their loony base. That strategy will give them at least hope after 15-20 years.

    Not finding Sinese, or Bugs Bunny to save...

    May 11, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Lia

    That is what the repubs do – elect actors.

    May 11, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    The Democratic Party is in more trouble then the Republcans, look who they have as there President, a loser. 2010 is the year of the Republicans 100% certain. The Democrats are going down and they deserve it.

    May 11, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Desiree

    Great News!! He is a very respected person. Even though there are several ppl that have had harsh comments on this blog about Gary being an actor along with GOP bashing...need I remind them that so was Ronald Regan, the Republican and most loved President of all time??? Just because someone is a GOP supporter; does not mean they are the AntiChrist! Get a life!

    May 11, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. carol

    Go Gary, Go–GOP!

    May 11, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. SayNoToRepublicans

    It's not surprising that the RepubliKKKans want a celeb to push their agenda of theocracy and hatred. They used an actor in the 80's why not try it again.

    May 11, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. DAN

    How'd that Law and Order guy work out?

    May 11, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Disillusioned

    If Obama can run for president and win, why can't Gary sinise ??

    May 11, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Bill

    Ms. Wallace

    It isn't just about how well ones speaks. It is also about one's ideas and management abilities. Maybe even their governing philosophy? Republicans can't just run out and grab a B actor anytime they are down in the dumps, regardless of their experience, beliefs, or abilities, can they?

    May 11, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. please

    "need I remind them that so was Ronald Regan, the Republican and most loved President of all time???"

    Only most loved by the delusional – we are still paying a price for Regan's deregulation.

    May 11, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Bored of Same Old Politics

    Before everyone or anyone gets excited or starts bashing, can we please have him run for office... say a local town mayor... a state representative.

    May 11, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Pete

    surely The Onion is losing its hold on funniest political headlines.

    May 11, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Ghost

    Maybe he can get Grissome as VP. CHuck Norris as Sec of Defense.

    I swear, these guys bring stupidity to a new level. It's no wonder they keep losing support. Who in good faith can support this group of mental midgets?

    Ohhh, that's right. Those conservatives that think the gubmint is gonna steal their moonshine money from under their matress. Hey, if we have to live with your stereotypes, you have to live with ours...

    May 11, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Doc

    I guess its okay for witless celebrities to run for office as long as theyre republicans. He must have the charisma and stamina of Fred Thompson...oops...

    May 11, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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