December 9th, 2009
05:24 PM ET
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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. daniel pedraza

    Cheney has shown with his criticism of the president from day one a total disrespect for the office of the president. He should take a cue from his former boss, GW. Gw has remained silent because he is being presidential. Cheney is nothing more than a political clown. 2 weeks ago i did agree with his assessment that the dems were in trouble. But with unemployment finally coming down and health care getting passed the prospects for the dems look much brighter. Its really bad news for GOP for the economy to add more jobs and unemployment to go down. They should root for our country to succeed and they should be happy the economy is turning around with the help of the stimulus. Dont root against the country cheney..

    December 9, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. KHoober

    When considering this prediction, just remeber an earlier one: "We'll be greeted as liberators."

    December 9, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Jack

    He's assuming we still have a viable country by that time, and the Republicans can find a superb candidate. Right now NEITHER party has anything to offer. A bunch of OLD farts and cannot balance their own checkbooks, and have let this country slide into third world operations. We need a mix of what we had in the 50's and get rid of all the trash that have immigrated to this country. Those on the low end with no skills or livelihoods and those that don't want to go home after getting their advanced degrees and wanting milk the profits from us.

    December 9, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Fitz in Texas

    And we have President Obama to thank for this big win in 2010

    December 9, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. BudInTexas

    The GOP should nominate its smartest person – Elmer Fudd.

    December 9, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Guy

    He is right-on, correct and made an accurate statement–"it might hurt them more then it would help them coming from me"

    December 9, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. The Voice

    Can somebody tell this war criminal that actually the Republicans still have a lower approval rating than the Democrats. If the economy starts recovering by next year no doubt the Democrats will gain even more seats.

    December 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Big_D

    What is so radical about saving our countries economy and trying to provide healthcare standards so people are not destroyed by illness? Cheney should pray that they don't bring him up on charges for disgracing our country with torture. I wish the GOP would go away with the 8 trillion dollar debt they left. We need a new conservative party that doesn’t want to go into people’s bedroom and does want to be fiscally responsible. The GOP has proven to be much more fiscally irresponsible than even the most liberal Democrats. The GOP now says they don’t want any help for small business so take that former GOP base.

    December 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Mike Ross

    Yes, big gains for the GOP – which is getting beaten in the polls by the non-existent "Tea Party." Honestly Dick, the last time we took you at your word we invaded Iraq for no reason.

    December 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Beyond Absurd

    I hope that super dick keeps chirping because the more he talks, the more people run from the GOP. I find it ironic that this pseudo patriot, who while Vice Chancellor shouted down all opposition to the Iraqi war as unpatriotic, seems to have nothing to do but criticize the President, which gives strength to our enemies. Country before party Dick and Country before war profits.

    December 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Cheeney Weeney

    No, DICK. We are more likely to vote ALL of them out – Repubs and Dems. Why?

    1. Repubs – always say NO and got us into this mess.
    2. Dems – Are not doing enough to satisfy us and deliver REAL CHANGE.

    Go independent 3rd party!

    That's what we need...fresh faces, new ideas, no more old men, old money, old campaigns, and old backchannel good 'old' boy networks.

    December 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Duck Fallas

    I love thees guy! He's a funny guy!

    December 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Jack

    I, as a former Conservative and Repuiblican, now an Indepeendent wouldn't vote for a Republican, they are too radical! Obstructist! and act way too childish for my taste.

    I am looking for a more moderate down to earth representative. The Religous Right, the Conservatives (which they gain much of their support white segerationist and white trsh) are no longer what I want to be associated with!

    Sorry; Mr. Cheney; you lost this conservative and former Republican!

    December 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. randy in pa

    if the GOP does make it big in 2010 then I guess that makes the "Mayan calendar end of the world belief senario" two years off.

    December 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Belleville

    Is this fellow still living in denial? Its time to play golf and shut up Dick. Seems some federal charges should be coming out soon for you.

    December 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. kyla

    I sure hope he's right. We need to move this country back into a conservative direction!

    December 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Andy from CA

    May the Force be with the Dems in 2010 against Darth Vader and his Forces of the Dark Side.

    December 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. RN

    I think Dick is also hoping that a terrorist attacks the US in order to boost the Republicans chances – that doesn't sound real patriotic, does it?
    Maybe the party of No needs to work with the Democrats and accomplish something so they will have a record to run on – otherwise, why would we want to elect a bunch of old white guys who just whine when they don't get their way? Oh yes, they also start wars, tank the economy, spy on US citizens, step on the constitution, ignore laws they don't like, cut their own taxes and cut services to the middle class, ...
    So, we know what they like to do TO us, why have they done FOR us?

    December 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. bilbo

    Why do you give this guy the time of day...Cheney is delsuional...they may pick up a few southern congressional seats, but that is about it...plus he should be more worried about being a war criminal than spreading lies about our current President...

    December 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Tom J

    Why is this discredited, failed chicken-hawk still chirping and why does anyone care? He will go down in history as one of the worst, least principled VPs in American history, and none of these sad attempts at revisionism or relavancy will change that. Go back to hiding Dick; its what you do best.

    December 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. gogo

    Like I even care what the angry and bitter puppetmaster thinks.

    December 9, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. vicky from Milwaukee

    Ok CNN. I gave you chance after chance to stop being a mouth piece for DIckie and Tundra Barbie. But you won't stop. So this is the last time I'll be on your WEB page. Done

    December 9, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Holding Up The Mirror

    Keep on talking Dick. Everytime you say something, Democrat poll numbers go up. Please keep on talking about anything political, especially the demise of Obama. Just keep talking.

    December 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Heidi

    Are you kidding? He hasn't been a radical enough liberal – he made campaign promises to close Gitmo by January (not going to happen), to end Don't Ask Don't Tell (hasn't happened), stop government secrecy (he hasn't) and fight the Defense Of Marriage Act (his federal lawyers defended it). If Republicans win in 2010, it will be because Barack Obama wasn't liberal enough!

    December 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. jayindenver

    It's "President Obama," Mr. Vice President. Respect the office, you Dick.

    December 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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