Consider also that the only viable political opposition to this bill within the Republican Party does not come from frightened senators, or from the disappointed alleged wonks of the conservative bright-boy set. It comes from the Heritage Foundation, and the Club For Growth, and the House Freedom Caucus, and from the konztitooshunal skolars in the Senate, including Mike Lee of Utah, Tailgunner Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
In other words, the only substantial enemies of any political power whatsoever that this bill has within the party that's proposing it comes from people who think it's…too…damn…generous. Think about that for a moment. Think about what it must be like to get up in the morning and think that this concocted dog's breakfast gives too much of a helping hand to your fellow citizens. How does your heart not turn black and leap out of your chest at the very thought of that? How do all your mirrors not crack? How does your blood not run even colder than it usually does? (our emphasis)This is a party that's a collection of hypocrites, sociopaths, liars, con artists, bigots and fools (we shortened the list in the interest of time and space). It's the "I've got mine, screw you, Jack" party, and to expect anything resembling a compassionate, rational idea to spring forth out of their skulls is beyond fantasy.
BONUS: Charlie cites a great article by Jon Chait that thoroughly explains the bind the Republicans have gotten themselves into with their lies and half- assed promises. Good read.