December 9th, 2009
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Cheney makes big 2010 prediction

Dick Cheney is predicting the Republican Party is in for a big 2010
Dick Cheney is predicting the Republican Party is in for a big 2010

(CNN) - As President Barack Obama nears one year in office, Dick Cheney is predicting the Republican Party is in for a big 2010.

"I think we'll pick up a lot of seats," the former vice president told Fox New's Sean Hannity Tuesday. "Prospects for the Republicans in 2010 are very good."

Next November, all 435 seats in the House and more than a third in the Senate are up for grabs. Democrats will be defending their 258-177 margin in the House and 20-seat advantage in the Senate.

Cheney, who is among his party's most fervent critics of the president, said Obama is in a more vulnerable position than anyone predicted one year ago.

"Right after Obama was elected, there was the view that he was invincible," Cheney said. "He raised more money than anybody else. He had a machine that smashed the Clinton campaign and then won the election, and that he'd be around for eight years and now I think that has changed fairly dramatically."

The vice president also said Obama has implemented "radical" far left policies even though he campaigned as a conventional Democrat.

"He got elected as a liberal Democrat, but conventional in the sense of falling within the parameters of the national Democratic Party," Cheney said. "He's demonstrated pretty conclusively now during his first year in office that he's more radical than that, that he's farther outside the parameters…of what we've traditionally had in Democratic presidents in years past."

But Cheney held back from predicting who in his party is best positioned to take on the president come 2012.

"At this point I'd be reluctant to pinpoint anybody," he said. "It might hurt them more than it would help them coming from me."


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  1. brian

    Care to offer any examples of these "radical leftist" policies? Would the interviewer bother to ask? No, because it's Faux News' Sean Hannity, the GOP's favorite attack dog. Too bad he, and his guest, the War Criminal Cheney are irrelevant.

    December 9, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Doug

    Who is Dick Cheney to speak on anything? As if his policies haven't hurt this country enough over the past 8 years. What other sitting vice president creates "The Office of the Vice President" ?

    December 9, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Rob R

    Did the man who tried to re-write our Constitution call someone radical...fade away Darth...fade away...

    December 9, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Pat

    Where does this crooked war criminal get off voicing any political opinion? He should be hiding under a rock somewhere.

    December 9, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Ancient Texan

    I think Cheney is right. People that sat out the last election, plus a lot of disillusioned voters will come out of the woodwork in 2010 and change the make up of Congress dramatically. At least even the playing field.

    December 9, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. VON BISMARK -Vienna

    Of course Cheney never imagined his crimes coming to light .He was wrong then and he is mistaken now!

    December 9, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. jason S

    Dick... please take Ms. Palin and go somewhere where no one will ever hear from the two of you again...

    December 9, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Jeremy

    Sorry Cheney. I can't take what you say seriously. You have a credibility problem.

    December 9, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. scott from michigan

    He's right, the GOP is in for a BIG DISSAPOINTMENT in 2010 because they lack leadership and are to busy throwing each other under the bus to drum up a coherent message.

    December 9, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Willy Brown

    I agree with the VP. Buh bye democrats!

    December 9, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. Ellyn

    Republicans are the ones that have put us where we are today. Who in their right mind would wish more Republican seats? Republicans have accomplished nothing and don't have any solutions or ideas of their own....well, except the ones that will line their pockets with gold. In other words, they yearn for the days of Bush ane Cheney!!

    December 9, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Gumbii

    And now for one of the quickest political turn arounds in modern history. How badly does a party have to screw up to turn the country back over this quickly? Ask the president, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.

    December 9, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. CHANGE.COM

    By August next year, the predictions will no longer be that rousy. Tackling the 8-year mess isn't easy. But the Republicans rather play politics with people's lives instead of working together for the common good of all Americans. Just look back into history and see how together, we can accomplish much. That era, I am afraid, is far gone, and we are left wih these lunatics on the far right who rather live i nt he 19th century instaed of the 21st century. It is a very sad commentary of who we have become as Americans.

    December 9, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. ZD

    How is this a bold prediction??? Has there ever been a president whose party didn't lose seats in their first midterm? UP NEXT: Dick Cheney predicts the sun will rise tomorrow.

    December 9, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. JAXSON

    Cheney is just a old, white haired, washed-up, disgruntled Republican who still thinks he's GOD.

    December 9, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Jeff , Douglass, KS

    Yes, it's true!!!! Hatred and fear are having a comeback!

    December 9, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Leon

    This is the same idiot that predicted republicans would maintain control in congress and shot someone and was not prosecuted

    December 9, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Dan, TX

    Cheney is annoying. I am going to donate $10 million to the democrats and organize just because Cheney is a blight on the soul of America.

    December 9, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Allen L Wenger

    Why would anyone listen to Dick Cheney's predictions. Just look at his prognosticating record; They will welcome us as liberators, oil will pay for the war, they have WMD, etc. On top of it all, he is the main reason why our nation committed war crimes by torturing prisoners. He is scum in my book.

    December 9, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Felonious Monk

    Cheney, fortune-teller, war criminal

    December 9, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Jim

    OMG, Dick Cheney calling someone radical???? He and Hannity must have had a real love fest last night.

    I wish Dick Cheney would go back to his bunker.

    December 9, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Ben in Texas

    Can anybody answer me this? Why is Dick Cheney still not in jail?

    December 9, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Dean

    Why anybody listens to this fool is beyond me. When has he ever been right on anything.

    December 9, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. teacher

    Cheney is just a dried up old power monger who can't stand being out of the media. He should just go home and shut up. He scared us enough with his free-wheeling disregard for our constitution while he was ruling the Bush administration.

    December 9, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. republican communism is worse

    I also think that Americans are eager to return to the brink of a major depression, which more republicans in congress can make happen.

    December 9, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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