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. Red Maple

    Cheney needs to go away! If he truly cared about our country he would work on solutions rather than critizism that so divides our country. It's the divisivness in our country that is tearing us apart! So far the Republicans have not proposed any legislation to help our country move forward. They have only opposed any Democratic legislation proposed. They have only offered nothing positive, only fear and critizism of the current administration. I know there are many very bright Republicans in Congress and the public eye, for the good of our nation, please, please stop dividing our country rather than tearing it apart. United we stand, divided...well that's where we are now, and where are we headed?

    December 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Ramp

    I am not sure why we pay so much audiance to people like Cheney who as far I am concerned had LOT to do with the previous admin's blunders and Wars!! including the biggest breaCH OF NAMING our own undercover agent !!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Jeff W.

    Cheney seems to forget that his administration is responsible for everything that is wrong with the economy right now. To believe that Obama would be able to fix Bush's tremendous mess in such a short period of time is delusional. Bush wrecked the country over the course of 8 years and it will take a long time to repair it. I don't recall Cheney flapping his gums so much while Bush was busy making terrible decision after terrible decision. The Democrats will be just fine in 2010.

    December 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Bill

    I make a prediction also ...... Dick Cheney will die a wealthy, bitter, lonely, old man devoid of character or friends. No one will miss him.

    December 9, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. jeff

    If the demon-crats continue to spend, spend, spend, and run this country into the toilet, then I could, too, see the republicans winning in 2012.

    I find it amazing that the democrat and independant voters who voted for Obama don't feel just a little cheated???? You were all sold a bag of goods and got duped.

    Lets just hope the damage being done now can be reversed.

    December 9, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Emma

    Mr. Doom, Darth Vader, most boring man on Earth. If this old, gloomy man runs for president we can be sure of a Democratic victory.

    December 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Obama's blown it

    In my opinion Obama has really messed things up by moving away from his base. I think there is a large progressive movment in this country and he could have catered to them instead merely continuing Bush's never-ending, pointless wars. Mind you the last president that stood up to the establishment war industry was shot.

    December 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Mary Koral

    Hmmm

    Supposed to take him seriously? The man who can't remember when it's convenient not to remember, a man who stops just short of racist comments and does not stop his diatribe. He is, I pray, not to be listened to. He is the worst of the Republican pandering, invectives and policies.

    A racist without the courage to say so. A man who believes in a state just short of a Cheney Theocracy. Cheney and Sarah Palin, that's a ticket.
    God save us!

    December 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Shimanilami

    Just keep talking, Dick.

    December 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Sniffit

    It's so easy to hate this man.

    As for picking up seats, basic law of averages suggests that the GOPers will: they're already down to a piddling number as it is...nowhere to go but up.

    December 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Dean in Florida

    Bold prediction? No. Common sense? Yes.

    December 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. S.ROHR

    Nobody cares dick.
    How can we miss you if you won't go away?

    December 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. this black liberal hates Obama

    I didn't always agree with Cheney on most issues, but in this case I have to agree with him on this one.

    Obama is a big time LOOSER!

    December 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. DC

    Dick who? He is soooo irrelevant. Who cares what he has to say. A real non-entity. He should just have his 30th heart attack and croak already. What a useless waste of skin.

    December 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. what a joke

    Why CNN do you still give this hack job a voice. Dear Dick Cheney, eight year of your Radical far right policies have been nothing but utterly disasterous. Fly back to your bat cave and leave us alone.

    December 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Cheney is a big wacky that does not deserve to have his words repeated. He is a loser and got America in a big mess, both nationally and internationally. Cheney still needs to be tried.

    December 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Unemployed In Iowa because of Obama

    Take it from this soon to be Ex-Republican and never a Dem, but soon to be Independent. Dont make early predictions, I think the news will be a run on Independents who speak for the people and not for those people who only think along party lines. People are the country, it states We The People and all we hear from congress and that joke of a president are party lines. Well its time for those elected officials to listen, soon your time will be up and you will be voted out and replaced, time is near, maybe you better look for a job because you soon will be replaced with Independents who support the people. Vote the Out.

    December 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Jamie

    Hey, Dick Vader – go back to your Death Star and stop your fearmongering.

    Republicans going to pick up seats in Congress – really? And your ringing endorsement will no doubt help them get elected. Really?

    December 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    How much should anyone listen to a war criminel? If anything, voters are surprised that Obama is MORE CENTRIST than we thought he would be..

    December 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. EB

    This guy kills me ... why is he in the news other than being tried for war crimes. His word means absolutely nothing.

    December 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Elton Levingston

    What? Why is this news? Did somebody actually ask him a question? What is far outside the parameters of what we've traditionally had in Democratic presidents in years past? WHERE IS THE REPORTING?

    December 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. John

    Go away, Cheney!

    December 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. lolly

    he will be gone by 2010 did u watch hat hannity joke interview? cheney is now wheezy. good riddance.

    December 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Edward Veidt

    Why would anyone be interested in the opinion of such a monster?

    December 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. mfelder

    What Cheney means is that the President had the courage to push the agenda that he spoke about on the campaign trail. The GOP should not take the in fighting in the Democratic party as their shoe in for 2010. The democratic party has 2 major initiative that we are pushing this year: Healthcare and cap and trade. If we get those 2 items before the 2010 elections, we can then concentrate on the economic agenda. Our first goal is to put a halt to the no bid contracts, to stop lobbyist access in the congress, weeding out fraud, waste and abuse in government programs, Don't ask don't tell, the employee free trade act, etc. Democrats may be angry, but I doubt that we will allow the republicans to get in and set this country back.

    December 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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