The amount of outreach and cooperation between President-elect Barack Obama and his former rival, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is unprecedented, political observers say. Obama has sought input and advice from McCain about Iraq and potential nominees to top national security jobs, and he is working with McCain on curbing corporate welfare and waste in military procurements and on overhauling immigration rules. Monday, Obama held a dinner honoring McCain. Fred I. Greenstein, emeritus professor of politics at Princeton University, told the New York Times: “Sometimes there is bad blood, sometimes there is so-so blood, but rarely is there good blood.”
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