In the great debate over earmarks, President Barack Obama had a choice: Show some real bipartisanship by working with Sen. John McCain against pork on the spending bill or stand with Democrats.

He chose political expedience over the lost promise of bipartisanship but — in the coming months — he is going to need Democrats more than Republicans.

Bipartisanship was a nice fantasy but it died in the face of reality.

Analysis: Obama stands with his allies, of courseIn proposing only modest changes in how lawmakers finance their pet projects, President Barack Obama tossed aside a golden opportunity to work with Sen. John McCain. Instead, the president stood foursquare with his Democratic allies, the people he needs most to advance his ambitious agenda…. [Political news from The Associated Press]

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