December 28th, 2009
04:30 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN Political Notebook: 2010 predictions

What's in store for Washington in 2010? President Obama will begin his second year in office, additional troops will be on their way into Afghanistan and members of Congress will face reelection. CNN's Dick Uliano reports.


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  1. Brian

    I would predict that the stockmarket will have a small crash around a third of the strength of the one in 2008, we may see a third wave of H1N1, and rounding out the spring, Iranian protests will reach a tipping point, where international action would be incredibly important, yet no nations will act, (except maybe Israel). coming into the summer, Obama's Healthcare bill will undoubtadly pass, but in a form so watered down and convoluted, that it becomes nothing more than extra taxes, and an empty victory for democrats, leaving the uninsured still uninsured. In the event that Iran does not get a Nuke, and has a revolution, Iraq and Afganistan will improve, but if the other happens, then our wars will be more difficult. 2010 elections will probably swing in favor of republicans slightly, only creating a stalemate majority, and do nothing congress.

    December 28, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Marco Masciulli

    2010 will be the year that Republicans add to their number of governors, senators, and representatives in the House. We saw proof of the shift in the 09 gubenatorial elections in VA and NJ. Also, the Democrats will need to find a new Senate Majority Leader because Harry Reid will not win Reelection.

    December 28, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. vwrtb

    I love how republicans say that dems took over in 2006 and that's when the economy dived... I guess they forgot bush held veto powers and that it was a bare majority and no liberal policies got enacted... Idiot republicans...

    December 28, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Dave

    This sounds like wishful thinking rather than predictions. Until Obama quits campaining, and start being a President; 2010 is going to be the same as 2009 or even worse.

    December 28, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Terry Gloege

    2010 will begin with the predictable rush of wild assertions made by the republican house/senate about health care, reinforced by FOX News and the usual suspects in talk radio. We will be whipped to a froth about how Obama has damaged the economy beyond repair and is leading us down the path to socialism at breakneck speed. By the end of the year the economy will have begun to recover, unemployment will start to improve, people will realize that the sky has not fallen, and we will all go to Walmart and buy iPhones so we can tell the world just what a bunch of idiots we really are.

    December 28, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Carlos Averhoff

    I think that when health care reform is passed. The unemployment numbers improve...I believe the President will have tremendous popularity and much improved poll numbers going into the 2012 election.
    Just look at the opposition Sarah Palin, are you serious? And the real rulers of the Republican party Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh kind of scary!!!

    December 28, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Fitz in Texas

    Wish I could say 2010 couldn't be any worse than 2009, but with Obama and his administration I'm afraid 2010 will be a lot worse than 2009.

    December 28, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Karen

    Republican wins everything, democrats get caught for bribes, health care (de)form is declare unconstitutional because it disproportionately helps white state (Nebraska, Vermont, and Massachusetts) and makes states with large black and hispanic populations (Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia) pick up the tab for the kickbacks.

    Democrats are exposed as Chicago hoodlums, country votes republican while holding their noses.

    I hope for this change.

    December 28, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. CanDy

    Due to continued high unemployment and an approaching double dip recession, the Democrats will be handed their hats, and their marching papers, in the mid-term elections.

    December 28, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    I predict a short jobless economic recovery followed up by a double dip recession in the late summer caused by lack of jobs and too much national debt. I predict a second year of a trillion plus dollar deficit. I predict Republicans take back the house and gain 3 to 5 seats in the Senate. There will be a contiuned negative public reaction to the health care reform and the Senate will not move on cap and trade because some of the Senate Dems will finally refuse to go against public opinion one more time.

    December 28, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Idiot_Pelosi

    Unemployment rates do not change (up or down).

    More small businesses close shop.

    The American Public becomes more disenchanted with the HC BILL, and get upset that the politicians (mostly DUMocRATS) ignored the polls to kill it and try something more neutral and agreeable.

    Illegal Immegration becomes more of a hot button.

    More people rebel to the hidden new TAXES and FEES at the state and federal level. More people cheat on their taxes to revolt against socialist doctrines.

    Politicians who don't fight the deficit and continue with TAX and SPEND agendas are voted out of office.

    People demand term limits.

    OBOZO's poll numbers continue to drop.

    WAR breaks out in the middle east as Israel takes action into their on hands and deals with IRAN.

    Pelosi cries as people JEER her at a public event.

    December 28, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. wonderful year for President Obama

    I pray that this will be a great year for our President. I know that people will benefit from the health care reform, employment, and home ownership. I am praying for this administration's success! He will be the best president in our history.

    December 28, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. CNN in the censoring buisness..shameful! He LIVES so ALL man can know peace and love!

    No one should be in the buisness of predicting...but...we do have a guide to tell us....CNN you know I'll say Bible..because it's the truth....finances will fall , world wide....but don't loose heart. Where Governement fails the churches provide. I don't like be a pesimistic person...and I'm not....because there is hope on the Horizon....this world can be changed based upon what they believe......but until....it's a downward spiral. Nationally, I do see hope with the citizens of Iran...be strong citizens....as one newcaster said.. this may be their Berlin moment! let's hope so... Happy New Year..look upward!

    December 28, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. D.

    President Obama himself is recognized as "man made disaster"... this is my prediction.. given how 09 was...

    December 28, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Tiffany

    I love how defensive these democratic comments are! Is it just that every other group of people to offend has been halted so you HAVE to condemn others with political views other than your own? Please. Collectively, this rings shallow. 2010 will not be much different from 2009: a sleepy economy, dynamic house/senate matters that will be complex even to the most seasoned follower and America will continue to rebuild its position on the world stage. China will become stronger.

    December 28, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Obama loves himself!

    I predict that Obama will continue his quest to destroy all that made America great. Obama will show that he cares more about his faulty ideology than he does for the country that gave him the opportunity to be president.

    December 28, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Justen

    2010: Repubs gain seats in the House, dems lose their 60 votes in the senate.

    Some form of watered down health care bill will pass, and it will be called historic, unprecidented, momentous ect ect...

    Vikings will win the superbowl.

    December 28, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. felicia

    I predict President Obama will set it off this year he will get his agenda through

    December 28, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Son of the South

    People in Iran will revolt and with wars in Iraq/Afgan the Middle East will be more if a mess then it is now. More dirt comes out on Palin and she will be history. Reps wins big across the board. Dems will have a major internal tif which hurts Obama chances to lead. Someone outside of both parties will step up and take the country by storm which will leave both the far right and far left picking their butts.

    December 28, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Nea

    I Predict things wil get better the unemployement rate will drop drastically Business will be hiring again.. Things will be looking up even though things could be worst that they are right now But Praise be to our GOD who always looks out for his people they are not all i see is the positive things happen so im speaking success for our country and our President.

    December 28, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    My predictions. The Republicans will say no. Alot. About everything. Even when Obama suggests that we do something that Republicans would normally want to do. Like tax breaks for small businesses. They will keep saying no. Oh, and we will get more polls where the majority of Americans think that Congressional Republicans are useless. Sarah Palin will say a bunch of stupid things (ok, I know this one is too easy). Dick Chaney will keep blabbering on, as if he knows anything about anything. Unless he is talking about corporate criminals. Or torture. He knows something about that.

    December 28, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. big papa

    2010 will be the year of the intelligent American patriots...

    ...the people will REALLY see how evil conservative Obama-haters are...

    ...Being a Republican or Democratic conservative will finally become so dishonorable no one will claim to be one...

    ...As for the middle class and poor, they will see their electoral mandate come to fruition with the passage of more groundbreaking legislation designed to uplift them...

    ...banks will be forced to make loans, the mortgage crisis will be stemmed, unemployment will be reduced with infrastructure focused jobs being created...

    ...Joe Liebermann will "resign' his committee chair, and Pete Hoekstra will continue to put his feet in his mouth, and lose the Michigan governor's race...

    ...President Obama will finally begin to be appreciated as much at home as he is abroad...

    ...The whining conservatives' transparent attempts to make us hurry up and forget the past, and make everything Obama's fault is FAILING miserably!!!!

    December 28, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Amazing Kreskin

    Health care reform will fail.

    December 28, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Lilia Montreal

    Barrack Obama will gain popularity in 2010 and the republican they will need to shut up, they have proved to the world they are not a good party to lead, they are warriors with the eye in the money, they just don't care about American people
    they just care about themselves and the the people the work for... (the lobbyist).
    The american people needs to open their eyes, don't get fool by republicans.

    December 28, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. don

    Obama will be fine.economywill improved, jobs market improve , healthcare bill passed, most of Obama's agenda realized, republicans in panic and in 2012 Obama will win hands down!
    actions than criticism is american way, sarah palin stop hiding behind facebook if you are not as dump as you are perceived.prove me wrong if you are smart enough to be the first female president but debating in a reputable media outlet than facebook.
    if america is wise they will increase the democratic numbers to avoid a stalemate in congress , than to elect intellitually challenged republicans.

    December 28, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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