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. Heralynn

    Whatever, Cheney. I think we can decide for ourselves. Definitely don't need you making any prognostications or predictions. Your record for it is not impressive.

    December 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Alan

    Who cares what Cheney thinks? Why does CNN and so many other media outlets give him so much attention? The Bush/Cheney administration drove the country into the ditch, and in 2008 the citizens of the U.S. choose to reject their policies and head in a new direction. The right wing disrespectfully dubbed Obama "Barack the Magic Negro", but there is no magic. There is only hard work to try and get the country back on a positive track, and it doesn't help when CNN insists on giving a megaphone to the spokesman of a failed administration.

    December 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Rob

    Didn't he say the same thing in 2006??? When was the last time he was right with any prediction?? He needs to sit down and shut up.

    December 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Rob in NY

    Go away crazy coot. It kills you that you and the Republicans are no longer in power, doesn't it? :)

    December 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Maryann Rose

    I wonder what 'radical' ideas he's talking about?

    Could it be the SURGE in Afganistan?

    Could it be the STIMULUS/BAILOUT?

    Sounds sorta like the same ideas Bush had.

    December 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Matt

    I would just hope Cheney would just stop sounding off. He really hurt our great nation , and as he continues to speculate he continues to hurt America. Cheney, "Will you just take responsibilities for your administration's actions." Give Obama a chance. BTW, Hope you made a lot of money because of your affiliation with Halliburton.

    December 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Hendrik

    OMG, the clown is at it again. I have never seen someone so vindictive as this man. It appears to me that he dislikes Obama at a personal level. Well, that is ok because WE dislike Cheney far worse at a personal level.

    December 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Jeff

    why does CNN keep reporting on Dick Cheney? Isn't he done? CNN gets its best ratings during election years, so they want a continuous election cycle for ratings. CNN does not serve the public intrest. Tune it out.

    December 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Melissa

    And then we're all screwed.

    December 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. B in Pa

    WHO listens to Dick Cheney anymore?? He is indeed history I hope never repeats itself!
    B in Pa.

    December 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. gl, From Pittsburgh

    What a big joke the Republicans have become and CNN is always giving this fools air time. This man is a war monger and the GOP have been highjacked by the the TEA BAGGERS!

    December 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. SNAPPA

    I seriously doubt it "dick" especially since you won't go away and stop reminding people how bad the republicans really are. Obstructionist, doom sayers, you guys were bad care takers of this country which is why we find ourselves in such a mess. I live iin Nevada and the people here aren't very bright to begin with but I seriously doubt that they would throw out the most powerful senator in Washington to elect a Jr senator with no power whatsoever. No matter what Harry Reid does he is still the represenative from Nevada and does the state a lot of good.

    December 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Russ in Benton

    Dick Cheney is a pathetic hate filled old man with no credibility at all, he should just fade away.

    December 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Monica

    It might hurt them more than it would help them coming from me.....he says. Then why should we listen or believe any of his predictions. This man should keep his mouth shut unless he wants to tell us he is going to fork over to the American people or better yet to the families of the service men and women who were killed in Iraq, the profits he made from the war on all the 'no bid' contracts Halliburton got.

    December 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. RD

    "It might hurt them more than it would help them coming from me" That says it all!

    December 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Houston Mom

    Here is a prediction for you Mr. Cheney: Fat chance. The majority of Americans are not hate-filled racists and homophobes who think the poor and disadvantaged should be allowed to die in the streets. Since those are clearly Republican values I wouldn't hold my breath counting on 2010.

    December 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Obama may be in a more precarious position than anyone thought a year ago only because he abandoned his base trying to appease conservatives. ON the other hand, the REpublicans haven't done anything but whine and still don't have anything to offer except the status quo. I think it is still too soon to predict what will happen when you have the choice of not great and worse.

    December 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Steve

    Yeah... Right... And Dick's credibility as a prophet is...???

    December 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Roamer

    Cheney sure has alot to say after his failed position as vice president
    Too bad his term was proof that his opinion is just talk and always will be. He's more worried about permoting critisim about the current administration than actually helping out the situation at hand.
    Typical republican politics

    December 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. HD

    HAHAHAHAHA, Cheney the fortune teller. I dont think one year of the Democrats bumbles will anger people as much as the eight years of the Republican trashing of our country. But, a third party focused on the real problems facing this country would be a nice alternative. The party line Republicans were terrible leaders, the party line Democrats are terrible leaders. I'm going to vote for people that put the country first and not their party. I don't care about all the little hot button issues, I just want the economy running again. The Democrats are blowing their chance to fix the mess created by the Republicans. Neither party looks good to me today. End the war and stop sending my tax money to every other country in the world while asking how we can pay for healthcare.

    December 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Dirk

    Dick Cheney needs to get his head checked. His predictions are simply based on the natural course in politics. If any party controls the WH, Congress and Senate, it is only normal to get a rebalance of power. That is a good thing by the way.
    To trompet around, that this will be a victory of conservatisim, because of a "radical agenda" in Obamas administration, is simply propaganda to rally more support without real substance.
    There is nothing radical about taken care of issues, we have put off for to long. The american people are not that stupid, at least I would hope so.

    December 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. James

    Does this war criminal ever shut his big fat ugly mouth. This man!!! should be on trail by now rather than being free and allowed to speak.

    December 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. once upon a horse

    DUH........Show me a Republican that DOESN'T feel that they will win big in 2010. If there is one they aren't going to say it. Cheney needs to do what is former boss is doing, sit back and shut up and enjoy retirement. This guy is talking more now than he did the past eight years.

    December 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Rasputin

    Your predictions are always right on – like "we will be greeted as liberators" in Iraq and Al Quida is in its "final throes". And your deregulation and tax cuts for the rich really did wonders for us all. I await your next bit of brilliant insight oh great one. You and Bill Crystal should form a physchic hotline !

    December 9, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Chris D.

    LOL...............Unemployment drops, the GOP is in big trouble. The DEMS for better or worst are the only party actually working in congress......If like I was always taught (a golden rule), hard work pays off, DEMS will keep their majority.

    December 9, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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