The Dems are making a strategic political mistake. When this stimulus fails to do any of what the Dems are promising it will do the Dems will not be able to hide under the bipartisanship banner no matter that losers like Snowe, Collins, and Spectre are playing hangers-on.
I'm actually happy that the Dems are shutting out Republican members. It simply puts the lie to the Obama claims that he's open to bipartisanship and it lets us hang this iron anvil from their necks. The Republicans couldn't fundmamentally alter this spending bill anyway and pecking at the edges only gives the Dems a political advantage.
Of course, on this point, you are correct.Obama promised change, he has shown none