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. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    Nice story. Too bad it is just a figment of Cheney's imagination. Unless the Republicans can figure out how to offer some real solutions, they will go the way of the Whigs.

    December 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. No more Incumbents

    I can't believe it. I actually agree with Dick Cheney. A) the Democrats are screwing up so badly, they are bound to get creamed in 2010, B) Obama is being outted as nothing more than a mere politician, C) the Republican party has no potential candidates worth mentioning at this point

    December 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Dave

    Considering Cheney's track record of being right/truthful, I wouldn't put too much stock in what he says.

    December 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Hot Dog

    This man should be behind bars. He is a draft dodger. The past administration which he served as the vice president is by all means the worst that this country has ever had. This man definetly has a credibility problem and the polls reflect that.

    December 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Kate

    Wrong again Cheney.......your party is so divided and getting more divided as time goes by.........Palin wants to start her own 3 party if the rest of the GOP doesn't get back in line with the right wing conservatives.......if the Republicans in Washington continue on their track of do nothing but whin and bellyache about everything they will be voted out.......and by the way OLD (think your so wise) Man, how can you predict the next 3 years of Obama's Office........boy will you have mud in your face if the unemployment goes down and the economy gets better and we bring our troops home from Iraq and Afganistan........then you and your GOP are done for.......

    December 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    Would you PLEASE shut up and go away, Darth?

    December 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. don abel

    Cheney keep on the great work,

    December 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. johnrj08

    A prediction from this guy is about as dependable as an IOU from the mob. Any failures that can be attributed to this president are largely the work of obstructionist Congressmen. The fact that the United States Senate is now a broken, unworkable institution can be laid directly at the feet of the Republican Party. In 2010, the same people who voted Obama into office are going to remember that, despite what this despicable man thinks will happen.

    December 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. ESMack

    When you were Vice President,I can count the number of times I heard you speak. Why is it now that you are out of office,you have so much to say.I understand why former President Bush,made you keep your mouth shut. Nothing important or good come out of your mouth. Mr former Vice President get a hobby.

    December 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Jim K.

    I predict that in 2010 Dick Cheney will still be an evil, nasty, destructive cancer in the American political system. He nearly drove this country into the ground during the eight years that he held the American people hostage.

    Don't be fooled again. Turn your backs on those who spew lies and anger.

    December 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. charlie in Maine

    I predict that the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl too. How's that for a bold prediction. Hey CNN I have a question: Where is your reporting on Al Gore? The only living ex-vice president to actually be elected to president (Supreme Court suprme mistake not withstanding). Sarah Palin (not even elected) and Dick Cheney can't even sneeze without getting on your "news site". I thinlk one Fox News is enough thnk you very much.

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

    Cheney is incorrect about his prediction for 2010 and as he was during his terms. We need changes and Obama will be reelected. He is doing the job that needed for this country.

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

    CNN,do you even care about the fact that no one wants to hear anything from idiot.After what he and bush has done to our country he should be ousted from here and not given a platform.The only thing we should hear from him is that he understands his miranda rights,and to how he wants to plead.

    December 9, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. AC in OC,CA

    Didn't he say the same thing right before the 2006 elections.

    December 9, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Michael B

    This coming from someone who threatened my personal security in the corners of the world that I travel. Why is what he says still even relevant? I'm a republican and Cheney did more harm to the security of our country than anyone has ever!

    December 9, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Cat, Holt, Mo

    Who really cares what Dick "lets kill anyone who is different or disagrees with us" Cheney. He is responsible for the deaths of thousand of good Americans. Lets remember this is the guy who got 5 count them 5 deferments during Vietnam. Now everyone else got drafted and went to Vietnam, but not Cheney. The coward got 5 deferments. He does not mind sending your kids or husband or my kids or husband. But he is not going to put his butt on the line.


    December 9, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Boston Guy

    This comes from a man who is no better than Saddam and one of the Reburbs top dogs that brought down our country. If it wasn't for Bush and Cheney in office those 8 years we would still be the greatest Nation. Too bad the Repurbs are too blind to see this.

    December 9, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Debra

    DIck Cheney is a moron!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. GetReal

    That's the big prediciton? More like the irrelevant blowhard resorting to more scare tactics. Go back to sleep, Cheney.

    December 9, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Gary in PA

    He also was behind the invasion of Iraq instead of pursuing Osama Bin Laden. He thinks his part in a very unpopular Bush Administration was a good thing? He needs to take more time off.

    December 9, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    I think he's right...Americans of every stripe are sick and tired of Congress not listening to 'We the People' and it's going to be a serious beat down come November 2, 2010!

    December 9, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Dee

    And does he think he will be seated in the White House as President? I think not and that's my bold prediction.

    December 9, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Disgusted in Iowa

    "Dick"... if you really have something to tell the American people, why don't you talk to a real journalist instead of talking to the republican TV station.

    I know in your deluded mind you imagine Sean Hannity to be a journalist but newsflash "dick", but can't blame you too much, nobody expects you to have all your faculties together after the incident.

    Why is it that the evil ones are the most vocal...and like a bad penny, they never go away!

    December 9, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. travis l.

    I wish somebody would ask cheney the tough questions instead of giving him a platform to spew his venom towards everything obama does and then go back into hiding! if he really believed what he was saying he would do interviews with non-biased reporters that will challenge his assertions about obama & his own record on all affairs,foriegn & domestic, during the bush administration.until he does that nobody should take him any more seriously than they would a senile angry old man.

    December 9, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. iekjack

    Dick Cheney should leave this administration alone. What did he do in the last 8 years he was in office that left the economy in pieces and a badly damaged US image abroad? None of these interviewers are asking him the hard questions. When once they do, he'll stop all this fearmongering and will find his place. Don't get me wrong, there is always a place for constructive criticism but all we've heard from a once not so media-loving Cheney has been anything but constructive.

    December 9, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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