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. Dale

    Cheney went on to predict that in 2010 Men will stand on the Sun and bears will be forced to wear pants. Hey, it's as loopy as everything else he's been saying recently.

    December 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. MB

    I'm not interested in Cheney's failed policy's and views. Of course the Democrats will lose some seats in next year's mid-term elections. It's a natural progression that not everyone will be happy with the incumbent in power and some losses will take place. But to think the country will go back to his policy's is really a pipe dream.

    December 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Knucklehead

    If Obama has surprised anyone, it's because he is a more conventional democrat than he portrayed himself to be. He's bailed out big business and turned his back on his constituency. We might as well have elected Hillary.

    CNN left out the last part of Cheney's prediction: If/when the Republicans do win back the House, "the American people will welcome them as liberators."

    December 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. leave-none-behind

    I am amazed that Mr. Cheney has been in the news with his disparaging comments so much lately. As vice president we rarely heard from him and he virtually disappeared in the last years of the Bush-Cheney Administration. Where was he then when we needed a LEADER to correct errors? Or was it that the war hawk policies were his? Why wasn't he a critique during the last election? I say to Mr. Cheney that YOU sir are a part of the problem and you are angry that your ideas and desires are no longer in place. Let us not forget that it was you who used Presidential Privilege to hide behind and keep your emails and other correspondence hidden, when congress conducted an investigation on what the Administration knew before we got into the mess in Iraq. I have not forgotten. Sit down and be quiet like you were for 8 years of the Bush Administration. You should have stood up and lead back then.

    December 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. SantaFean

    Remember who "five deferments" represents...the Military Industrial Complex and the "dark side". "awol" and "five deferments" also campaigned as conservatives but, in fact, were radical right wingers who promoted illegal wars for monetary gain. No, not their own gain but for the monetary gain of their real supporters...those that crave war profits. In the process THEY are the ones that led us to where we are now...schools broke but warships on the horizon.

    December 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. R in Maine

    What did we expect that half-witted liar to say?

    December 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Laurie

    I did not think President Obama was invincible. He is honest. A nice change from the previous administration. Shut up you creep!

    December 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. carl

    Cheney: Your views and the policies of your boss Bush are what got us into the mess that we find ourselves in today. Obama is just trying to deal with your aftermath. Suggestion: keep your stupid mouth shut and just go hunting. Maybe you can really bag the big one this time, and by the way, take George with you. Maybe you can shoot each other !!!

    December 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Wow, Dick, the leader of the Corporate Fascists, actually made an honest statement,saying "It might hurt them more than it would help them coming from me."What we want to know is why he isnt in prison yet?It tells me the democrats dont have the guts to bring him to justice.

    December 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. bill

    Got his guy should shut his trap – fill it with another burger or something...

    December 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. historian

    How can we believe anything Dick Cheney has to say? He had his eight years in office and what a mess he and the Bush administration made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. suresh

    The same guy made prediction that we will be welcomed in Iraq with garlands of flowers. Instead we got road side bombs. I do not give much for this man's ability to predict correctly.

    December 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. kathy

    I would prefer to have Obama around forever than the likes of
    the Corrupt evil Cheney and the rest of the lying self-absorbed
    Republicans. The thought of them being in office again scares the
    hell out of me.

    December 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. American Expat

    Who cares what Mr. Cheney says? He was the worst VP ever to occupy that position. What the Democrats should do is investigate that Halliburton sole source contract in Iraq that has milked the American people for untold millions, if not billions, of dollars, He was instrumental in assuring that Halliburton got the contract, in face of the law being against such contracts, especially one that went on year after year. And he still draws a pension from that company!

    December 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. EFD600

    This is a 'bold prediction'? If the Republicans gain seats in the 2010 election we will simply be seeing history repeating itself. Now if Cheney predicted the actual number of seats gained/lost by either party – that would be a bold prediction.

    December 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Mike

    Probably will , americans pay so little attention to any thing out side of some celebritys sex life that they have no clue to what party got us in this mess

    I suppose Chenneys tag line could be – we screwed the economy so let us fix it

    December 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Dick Cheney has no credibility and doesn't take any responsibility for his part in 8 years of what created our nations disasters, it's like he's laughing in our faces every time he speaks out. He of all people should be willing to help instead of continue to destroy.

    December 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. David

    Isn't this the same pinhead that said the Iraqis would "greet us with open arms as liberators"? Yeah... he has a lot of credibility...

    December 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. bsplyr264

    Why hasn't this man been investigated for the obvious crimes he has commited against this country. It is a clear indication that there is a separate justice system. Why does DR Strange Love come to mind.

    December 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. J

    HAHAHAHAHA Sure Dick and you are standing on that platform of NO..No IDEAS NO To Progress just NO and you really think that you will gain seats by lies and distortion???? Sure and the earth is flat and Iraq has WMD'S and they will greet us as liberators!!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Don

    Oh come on now. Palin/Cheney 2012. Let us see who the electorate thinks has a radical agenda.

    Is there any other way to get this guy to shut up and go away?

    December 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. John

    I would say the GOP better pick up seats in 2010. It is hard to believe the Democratic leadership starting in 2007 would have been worse than the previous GOP leaders but it is ever apparent. Pelosi and Reid are bad and Obama has been pathetic.

    December 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. John

    I just don't get it. Obama is far LESS liberal than most liberals would like. He's more corporate and capitalist than any socialist I know would like. And anyone is still listening to Cheney – the biggest war profiteer since GW's Grand-Daddy Nazi Sympathizer because?

    December 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Peter

    I predict Cheney will finally shut up in 2010.

    December 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Lawrence in ABQ

    Wasn't this the same man who insisted the Iraq War wouldn't be a quagmire and in the resurgency was in it's last throes in 2005?

    I'm glad we have such an expert to speak on the subject.

    December 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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