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. Rick McDaniel

    I wouldn't disagree with that in any way. I think the "Obama phenomenon" is about over, and the reality is setting in. Now people are beginning to see what I have said all along.....he is not a messiah. He is just a man, and he had minimal experience for the job.

    December 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. greg greenman

    Ummm, how so Dick? Saying he is far left without giving examples of what he is doing that is "far left" is just a bunch of scare tactics and hot air. Trying to get health car passed is "far left". Finishing the bail out that your administration initatied is "far left"? Please give me more than this.

    December 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. bob K

    Mr. Cheney,

    Please fade away and die.

    December 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. anthony mcmahon

    My prediction is tghe GOP will pick up fewer seats than they did in 1994 because their named brand has been seriously tarnished. I think once they become a "big tent" party again then you will see larger one time gains by them but not before.

    December 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. bob K

    Mr. Cheney,

    Please fade away and die. Soon

    December 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Sam

    Has any other President or Vice President demonstrated the lack of class and propensity for telling bald face lies that Cheney has? I mean he basically ran the Bush Administration, which was responsible for running this Country into the ground and publicly said he didn't care about our soldiers lives. Also, I resent the fact that he thinks I'm dumb enough to fall for the argument that Obama is "far left" when the facts right in front of me say otherwise- the guy is pretty moderate.

    December 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Grace

    Cheney is so full of hate, but afterall, he is a Republican.

    December 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. trickbunny

    Is it news that Cheney said exactly what you'd expect him to say and knew he was going to say- regardless of whether it's true or not?

    December 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. radical left?

    I think Obama is just as advertised.... or even more centrist than he campaigned.

    Chalk this up to item #4 Billion on the list of things where Dick and I aren't on the same page.

    December 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Charlene

    I don't think so.

    December 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. David in San Diego

    Dick who???

    December 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. James Weaver

    I think Dick Cheny just represents the hopes of most in his party, that President Obama will fail. They care more about politics than their country. Their great fear is, that he will succeed, and the GOP will wander in the wilderness, like they did in the 30's and 40's.
    James Weaver
    Clarksburg WV

    December 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. e.c.coleman

    Right On! Dick Cheney!!

    Truer Words were never spoken!

    obama is a total disaster............a train wreck!!

    With the new Polls and obama's BIZARRE ACTIONS, SPEECH,
    and BLATANT LIES to Americnas,
    we can count on the total dimise of OBAMA before 2010-12!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. HappyJ

    Why doesn't this fat cat war monger go away?
    Wow. Nothing he says has any relevance.
    I guess the folks that adore money follow him closely.

    December 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Vindex

    The only reason that Obama seems so radical is that the GOP has gone so far to the Right that it borders on crazy. I think it's pretty clear from the criticism that Obama has received from the progressive wing of his own party that he's far from Radical.

    Meanwhile, Cheney is like Old Man Potter from "It's A Wonderful Life". He continues to say and do things that he would have called traitorous if done while he was in office.

    And, to say that the GOP will pick up seats is a pretty safe prediction. Historically, that is what usually happens to party that is in control like the Democrats are now.

    December 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. ETM

    I have a prediction, too: in 2010 the Democrats will do fine, with maybe a few lost seats in the House; in 2012 the President will overwhelmingly defeat whatever nitwit the GOP nominates; and Dick Cheney will remain a contemptible human being throughout this period and beyond.

    December 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. vic nashville , Tn

    Dick Cheney and Karl Rove never look themselves in the mirror that is the problem here ( they don’t like themselves)

    Now he is predicting republicans will come back in 2010 what a joke
    SO
    Why he didn’t avoid republican lost in 2006 and 2008

    December 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. FM

    "Cheney held back from predicting who in his party is best positioned to take on the president come 2012".
    He knows very well that even the going rogue lady (Sarah) is just only noisy. If thrown in, she will learn the lesson the second time.

    December 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Wolf

    Cheney may be the one in for a surprise. Everyone I know is fed up with Washington, both parties. People are only looking for a way to get off the treadmill. However many independents we have in the race they will have an advantage.

    Republicans and Democrates bear responsibility for the mess we are in. All we get is fingerpointing, no accountability, and more of the same that does not work from both sides.

    Maybe the Republicans can do something novel like offer real solutions and how they might work as opposed to the standard old low taxes and small government mantra. Seems to me we had the Republican version low taxes and bigger government for eight years to bring us the financial mess.

    Washington should get the fact they work for the American people and not special interests (both parties are guilty).
    By teh way Mr. Cheney I used to be a Republican. Now I am an independent.

    December 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Walter Banks

    Cheney has made predictions before. Iraqi involvement in 911 and WMD's in Iraq comes to mind.

    w..

    December 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. haren

    He has to eat his words.
    Democrats are helping Middle class, and economy will be far better with bottom up policy of Obama.
    Republicans are keep talking about that he has increase the tax, but their is no evidence of that, most people are getting tax cut.
    those who are complaining must be making more than $250000.
    Thay enjoy their life style since Reagan tax cut now it is time to share some pain of middle class.
    I am predicting democrtats land slide victory in 2010.

    December 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Phill

    This man should be imprisoned for treason, not commenting on the state of the nation.

    December 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Lucullus

    Who in their right mind would vote for the Repulicans? They've ruined everything they touch. Nixon was terrible, Reagan was bad for the economy, Daddy Bush continued the decline and the Dim Son was an unmittigated disaster. Couple that with the GOP being the party of hypocracy, lies and the bought dogs of corporate interests and you have another disaster in the works. The Dems may not be great but voting for the republicans is like trading a bad cold for a dose of the clap.

    December 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. tjaman

    Mary Matalin said Obama was like Bush in terms of the surge in Afghanistan, but here we have Cheney saying Obama is more radical than even most of America's Democrats. Meanwhile, Michael Moore has maintained this steady drumbeat of complaint that the president is too timid and conventional on health insurance reform and is just unwilling to stand up to powerful vested interests as regards the war.

    Seriously, is President Obama a Rohrshach test? Everyone seems to react to him differently and in doing so betray their own built-in biases. Here's a bold statement: In the fall of 2008, America SHOVED YOU AND YOUR PARTY OUT THE DOOR, Dick. You don't have to go home, but please go AWAY.

    December 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Tom C

    Sorry, I still remember the previous 8 years with the republicans. Just think if McCain won and the republicans had a majortiy in both houses. Health care would continue to go up, those no good banks would have had much more bailout, unemployment would have ended, the deficit still would go on unchecked, etc. Republicans believe in helping big business and everything will take care of itself. Trickle down economics does not work when there is corporate greed.

    December 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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