Is it payback because not passing the bill will be payback to Midwestern blue states?
Oh, wait. They didn't need a plan or employee givebacks.
While some Dems aren't innocent of pandering, this is yet another case of rampaging, race- and class-fueled hypocrisy quarterbacked by an old southern white guy from the GOP.
There is a special place in hell for Sen. Shelby, but as a Republican senator from red state Alabama, he'll be in something close to it January 21, 2009.