'Post-partisan' talk divisive for Obama

Jan. 7, 2008 at 10:41 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The bipartisan candor of U.S. presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has been met with both admiration and skepticism.

Obama touted himself as the "post-partisan" politician in a political system often gridlocked in an antagonized U.S. political environment.

Obama said in a speech Saturday that "American people are hungry for something different" and said he could establish a "working coalition, a working majority for change" in Washington.

Critics and supporters alike view Obama's rhetoric with a note of pessimism.

"He believes he's a game-changer, but I don't believe the game has changed," said U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., in Monday's Washington Post.

Past experiments with a bipartisan compromise came at the expense of party principles, as the Clinton White House settled on a joint federal and state heath program in place of a universal healthcare system and Republicans failed to curtail an expanding government bureaucracy, the Post said.

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