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Lieberman's Endorsement of McCain a Hurdle for Obama?

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Barack Obama, besides being the so-called only candidate that can bring hope to the presidency, has also marketed himself as the guy that would most be able to break partisan gridlock. He believes he can get people to work together and unite in this critical point in our nation's history. He would put together bipartisan bills and achieve bipartisan agreements on compromises that need to be made.

But, what happens when there is another guy on the opposite side of the aisle that will be better at bipartisan bills and compromises? Isn't McCain just as good if not better at getting bipartisan bills and compromises? Doesn't he have a longer record of being successful at such bipartisanship?

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Who's to say that the man to break partisan gridlock has to be a Democrat? Why couldn't it be John McCain, who is stronger on anti-torture legislation than Obama or Clinton?

With Obama, would it be reasonable to expect bipartisan reform any better than the McCain-Feingold Act or the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act?

With Obama, would it be reasonable to expect bipartisan reform on immigration any better than what McCain and Kennedy worked on in 2005?

John McCain has led a political career that would be much like an Obama presidency, if we believe what Obama claims he as president would do. McCain has fought to speak for all voices in his party and keep independent voters from abandoning Republicans.

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When considering that McCain has already clashed with Obama for "backtracking on a previous commitment to work with McCain in developing a bipartisan proposal for lobbying and ethics reform," how does Barack Obama expect to get past the Republican political machine or the mainstream media without having to face up to the fact that he really is not the man to elect to break partisan gridlock in 2008?

McCain was able to formulate bipartisan compromises with Ted Kennedy and Russ Feingold who to Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly would be hardcore liberals. To equal McCain's abilities to achieve bipartisanship compromise, Obama would have to get people like Mitch McConnell, Norm Coleman, John Cornyn, or Jon Kyl to work on reform with him?

Is he capable of working with these people and producing meaningful reform? And would his supporters allow him to work with these people?

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for

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