Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid advertised Sunday for GOP senators to act as human shields for a trillion dollar ripoff, errr, economic stimulus package Democrats want to shove  down the throats of American taxpayers.

Reid assured Meet The Press host David Gregory that the Senate and House Republican leadership had asked to be “part” of the trillion dollar belated Christmas present for president-elect Barack Obama.

“This is something–as I’ve indicated earlier, David, Boehner and McConnell are saying, ‘Let us be involved.’ I’m not going to here dictate what’s going to happen,” Reid told Gregory.

Translation: this legislation sucks, the Repubicans don’t like it, the American taxpayers won’t like it, and Reid wants to make it appear “bipartisan.” Of course, Boehner and McConnell simply want to protect the Treasury.

Reid babbled further about how this trainwreck-in-waiting will have Republican fingerprints all over it.

“To do what is right for this country is going to take us working together, Democrats and Republicans, because, because the problem…the problems out there aren’t Democratic problems or Republican problems, they’re American problems.  We have to address them,” Reid explained.  What he didn’t explain was how many, if any, Republicans would sign on to what likely will be failed legislation that will further bankrupt the country. But Reid wants the country to know this absolutely will not be a Democratic bill. After all, even Reid faces re-election in 2010.

Apparerently the usual suspects won’t act as human shields on this one. Or they are preoccupied.

“John McCain–a day or two after the election, I called John. We’ve served–we came to Washington together in 1982.  We’ve been together in the House and we came to the Senate together.  And we talked about the campaign.  We had both said things about each other that probably we shouldn’t have, but we did.  He’s my friend.  He said, ‘Harry, I, I want to come back to the Senate.  We want to do some good things.  I want to work with you…

“We need comprehensive immigration reform.’ That was a conversation I had with John McCain.  Yes, we need comprehensive immigration reform,” Reid reported.

Nothing like good ol’ fashioned bipartisanship, even if mostly illusory, on legislation the voters hate and the country doesn’t need.