CNN: Conservatives declare war on Obama
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday November 12, 2008

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Right-wing politicians and pundits have already begun attacking the Obama administration, even though Inauguration Day is still more than two months away.

CNN noted in a segment on Wednesday that "some of the same pundits Hillary Clinton referred to as the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy are at it again."

Rush Limbaugh has already charged, "This is an Obama recession, might turn into a depression. He hasn't done anything yet, but his ideas are killing the economy."

Ann Coulter recently suggested, "Sounds like there's going to be a lot more Waco raids, Elian Gonzalez snatchings."

Fox's Sean Hannity asked, "Do we wait until he makes a mistake?" and has an Election 2012 countdown on his website.

Right now, Democrats feel able to laugh off these attacks. A new CNN poll shows that the Democrats are seen favorably by a margin of 62% to 31%, while the Republicans are seen unfavorably by almost as great a margin, 54% to 38%.

CNN political contributor Hillary Rosen suggests, "I think it's going to be very hard to reinvent the image of President Obama. ... This country's on his side, and the Republicans I think are making a mistake by trying to undermine him before he gets started."

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee is playing old clips of Ronald Reagan on its website, hoping to remind people of why they used to like Republicans.

This video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast Nov. 12, 2008.

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