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. Silvio

    hmmm Gary Sinise, I don't know he is a bit on the monotone side. How about Mr Cool aka David Caruso he could do that irritating thing with his sunglasses every time he gets peeved at an Obama comment.

    May 11, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Regina

    So, Republicans – it's OK to pull in Hollywood when it's YOUR hide on the line? So which way are you going? Flip-flopping? Oh, this is rich.

    May 11, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. da Monk in Joliet

    As Lt. Dan used to say, "Get Down!" "Shut-up!"
    You go, Lt. Dan!

    May 11, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Ron Cicotte

    This is a typical republican response, Style over substance. The way out of the wilderness is with ideas that actually work. I would gladly vote for a republican if they could show us:

    Real health care reform that does not funnel billions of tax dollars to pharmaceutical and insurance companies.

    Honest respect for our military by not plunging us into ill advised wars to shore up defense industry contractors profits

    Real consumer protection from banks that charge usery interest rates

    Show me a republican with those policy positions and I'll vote for them every time.

    May 11, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. John

    Wasn't it the Republicans who ran anti-celebrity adds during the past election cycle? Why would they consider using a celebrity now? I'm sure they'd consider Paris Hilton for their party if polls indicated she'd have a chance against Obama. I don't think Republicans care about putting our country first. They only care about putting their party first, and if it takes a celebrity actor to save the party, so be it.

    May 11, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Gary Sinise should learn how to be a better actor before going into politics. This is a joke.

    Barack has got a slam dunk in 2012.

    May 11, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Justin

    Ahh the GOP. They berate Barack Obama for his celebrity status (which is not his own doing), and then court...a B-list celebrity to be their new leader! Ta-daa! They found a NEW way to be sanctimonious. Yay! Hopefully Mr. Sinise will have enough sense to know when the GOP is blowing smoke and walk away (if there's any doubt about how disloyal and unpatriotic the GOP is, just look what Dick Cheney had to say about Colin Powell). And who said "Ronald Regan, the Republican and most loved President of all time"? Really? Most loved? More than, say, FDR, Lincoln, and/or Washington, who have consistently been ranked as the best and most revered Presidents? Really?

    May 11, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. c7

    I love CSI NY...maybe he can act his way into making the GOP look like they really do care about the people of America. ALL PEOPLE and not just the wealthy and the rich...!

    May 11, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Doc Ray

    Another instance of Republicans putting lipstick on a pig. When will the Repugs get the point that policies that benefit the rich and corporations will not make them popular with the middle class?

    If Ms. Wallace thinks Obama got elected just because of his communication skills, no wonder under her guidance, McCain lost. She is as clueless now as she was during pressers for McCain.

    The formula: Get a pretty face, get the insurance, pharmaceutical and energy corporations pump millions into his/her campaign, and voila! The poor will volunteer to disenfranchise themselves. If needed, divide the people among racial lines (a la Willie Horton).

    That formula doesn't work any more, at least here in the Midwest.

    May 11, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Brian - Va Beach, VA

    Out with Joe the Plumber and in with Gary Sinise.

    The GOP is REALLY getting despirit.

    May 11, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Jay

    Huh? The right-wing hacks are always complaining about Hollywood "putting it's nose into politics". Yet they want to pull in an actor? They also conveniently forget about their poster boy – Alzheimer's boy.

    May 11, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. MJM

    Bring him on! He will probably do a better job than Obama! I sure didn't know he was republican. He's probably as good as Regan or maybe better. You know, actors are not stupid by any means. They have to be pretty smart to learn all the lines and do all the stuff they have to do and Gary is a really good actor, at least he can convince us that he really is in that role that he plays. Obama has not convinced me yet that he knows about the role he is playing.

    May 11, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Ron

    Gary Sinise a Republican "savior???" If Jesus Christ came back with a big red "R" in front of his name, I would not vote for him!

    May 11, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Bubba

    Cool. I'll stop watching his show on tv immediately.

    May 11, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Debby

    My gosh why is the GOP in such a scurry to think their party is failing. We don't know if Obama and his administration is going to help or hinder our country in the next 4 years. Its to early to tell if the Messiah will pull us out of this mess or if he is just another blowhard in the wind.

    May 11, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Susan in California

    Has anyone noticed that the only time the Republicans and the right-wingers like actors is when they march lockstep with that party?

    Personally, I have nothing against an actor running for office. But I find it funny that most of the time you hear the right wing vilifying actors and or "Hollywood." And saying that actors have no right to state their beliefs and shouldn't dare speak about politics. But if an actor is a staunch Republican, that's an entirely different matter....

    May 11, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Kevin

    Liberals only want a 100% monolopy on power long enough to fix all the stuff the Repubs messed up!

    May 11, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Jefe

    Why would someone who champions Veteran's causes want to help the Republican party? Republicans have proven for years that they like to help out weapons manufacturer's, but, (as in the case of John McCain), they LOVE to cut veteran's benefits.

    May 11, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Blue in maine

    I would not be so quick to dismiss him out of hand. I would like to know where he stands on th issues and what he would hope to accomplish. He coulld act circles around Fred Thopmson or Ronald Reagan and he is not a raving lunatic like so many in the leadership have showed them-selves to be lately. I much prefer his personality as a leader to that Rush Linabaugh guy they have callin the shots now

    May 11, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. No Incumbents 2010

    Disillusioned said "If Obama can run for president and win, why can't Gary sinise ??"
    1. Gary Sinese is not running for president. This was a desperate thought by a GOP insider.
    2. Obama ran for US Senator and state senator before that. The Presidency is NOT an entry-level job.
    3. Limbaugh won't allow Sinese to be his party, much less run for POTUS. Obama didn't let anyone tell him he could't run.
    By not understanding the above, I see why you are disallusioned.

    May 11, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. me

    Ever notice how the Repubs ALWAYS have some clown actor running for office? Reagan, Scharzenegger (sp), that loser Fred Thompson...

    Now this guy?

    When was the last time some S.A.G. reject ran on a Democratic ticket?
    And Obama is a pop star?

    May 11, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Vince

    So basically, what it sounds like to me, is that they want someone to play the role of a white, GOP version of Obama.

    Just give up and go away. I'm sure some other party, one that actually has ideas and a viable agenda, will rise up to take your place.

    May 11, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Chugiak Observer

    When they find their perfect candidate, are they going to stick him or her with Silly know, to get the women and moron vote?

    May 11, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Squirt

    It seems impossible to me that the Republican party does not get it to this day. And, they have a fabulous example standing right in front of them to serve as a role model—Obama himself! Whether you agree with him or not, he has the power to relate to people, explain his ideas in the simplest terms and get past the sniping, griping, and slapping that the Republicans continue to do EVERY day with wild abandon! They blame EVERYBODY AND EVERYTHING on their failures, except for themselves! They just don't seem to understand they have to stop throwing hand grenades in the hold of their sinking ship!
    What is their problem? Their problem is EXACTLY what Winnie the Pooh said about Viet Nam..."We have met the enemy...and he is us!"

    May 11, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Dave C - NJ

    Well at least he's smarter than Palin.

    May 11, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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