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. Zach

    Why is this fool stil talking? I hope he doesn't think Amercians have such severe short-term memory loss that we forgot the last eight years of his office leading the blind to the desert.

    December 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. yen

    I wonder, who is going to listen to whatever Mr. Cheney says.They(Bush and Cheney) were lucky that they used 9/11 to scare the hell of the American people including me. Mr. Cheney has to know that his time is over. He should go for a long vaction. Good bye Mr.!

    December 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Ticker Shock

    If Obama does not get re-elected I blame him only. He is turning out to be a huge disappointment and just a bag of hot air. I know of so many people that vote Repub. that voted for him in hopes of seeing the 'change' he promised who now are starting to rethink their positions.

    I don't know that I can vote for him again. I can no longer tell the difference between the parties. I don't know who I could vote for in the future.

    December 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Nick San Diego

    What kind of a prediction is that ? Most mid term elections have seats that are picked up by the opposition.
    What will happen is that by the end of Obama's term, he will have turned this country totally around with health care the 2 wars and our position in the world.So the net result ,Obama and the Dems will control again in 2012. A bonus ...Leiberman will be gone

    December 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Vandever

    Mr. Cheney, your behavior is an embarrassment to this fine country. Your opinions and accusations regarding the POTUS lack any sense of the respect deserving of that position. Sir, I am a long-time GOP member and I am done with you.

    December 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. DianeR PCFL

    I say the prosects for Cheney in 2010 are a criminal indictment for abuse of power, use of torture and violation of the Constitution's separation of powers provision. In reality, propspects for the Republicans in 2010 are not very good because they've given full control of the RNC to the American Axis of Evil: Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

    December 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. aneanderthal

    If they don't do it in 2010, they will have lost their chance for a long time because the corrupt, crooked, lying liberals will have reapportioned based on a phony 2010 census.

    December 9, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. hongli

    When will this PRICK and his buddies be put in JAIL? It's long overdue.

    December 9, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. ConsiderThis-FL

    The devil himself. This man is a political psychopath.

    December 9, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. George

    Chenny is a wacko. If people like torture and ignoring the un-insured, vote repuplican. They are anti people. They all have insurance!!!!
    They could care less if a guy with a family working 32 hours a week at McDonalds has insurance or not.

    December 9, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Freddy Annan

    After driving the country to the sewer, Chaney sure got some nerves. Your administration and your rubber stamping congress left the dirty work for someone else to clean it. You have to come with terms that your era is over

    December 9, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. lasttraintohell

    Wow! So Dick Cheney thinks the GOP is in for a big 2010. I'm thinking he's probably going to be just as correct on this as he was about WMD's in Iraq, compassion and mercy is for suckers, and torture is something someone else does. But, hey, at least he was able to 'get' his enemies like the Wilson's.

    December 9, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. kildairefarms

    I wish someone would keep track of Mr. Cheney's brilliant predictions so that one day we could look back and see how wise he is, or isn't.

    December 9, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Allie

    Name one thing Republicans have accomplished?. . . . . thought so.

    December 9, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Steph

    Cheney is an idiot. So far, President Obama's "far left" policies include increasing troop levels in Afghanistan – twice, supporting health insurance reform without a robust public option, and now a capital gains tax moratorium for small businesses.

    December 9, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Jim

    Cheney – the draft dodging war hawk who was too yellow to serve in Vietnam is typical of the Republicans who got us into the war of choice in Iraq and he needs to shut up and retire with his millions of dollars of blood money.

    December 9, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. val

    Who is he? he has finally came out of hiding.

    December 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. Bob in VA

    Who is this "we" Cheney is talking about? He won't be campaigning for any GOP candidates. He's green kryptonite. The most hated man in the US.

    December 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. The Dems will be in Power for the next 30 years..

    This man is clearly trying to cover his butt. Why would anyone in American who is in there right mind listen to this guy. He hid himself from the people for 8 years. But no is coming out to talk. If this guy said walk, run American... run, run... The Repub.. is done. If all they can produce to speak for them at this critical time in American's history is
    this guy and Sarah Palin then everyone should be really, scared. They are no comparrison to Mr. Obama. Long live Mr. Obama, and
    the Democrats. Long live America...

    December 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Zaley

    Wishing thinking Dick!. . . . I don't think so.

    December 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Mark

    And Iraq has WMD's
    what a blow hard!

    December 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Paul/ElPaso

    What an ego this man has. . . . .

    December 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. dean

    What has this guy been right about?

    December 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. gary

    2010 will be big for the Republicans, but not the way Cheney thinks. They will be big losers.

    December 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Anthony R. Seta

    LOL – what a bitter and frustrated man. The former VP just can't keep himself out of the spotlight. Luckily the FOX-GOP propaganda channel is always willing to give him an opportunity to "Slam" the president. He's probably right about the GOP picking up seats in 2010. All of those House seats picked up by dems in 2006 and 2008 in traditionally conservative districts will most likely revert back to their ancestral GOP roots. So be it. Cheney is also correct in not endorsing anyone. It would hurt them. Though I don't like this man, I must respect his political insights.

    December 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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