This makes no sense. The only analogy I can think of is Dunkirk (where the GOP are, no surprise, the Germans).
The Senate could not be ignorant of how (roughly) the CBO was going score their bill.
Why would they send up a bill that they knew they'd have to retreat from?
Why would they retreat from the bill when they know they can pass it? (All the disabling hold-outs are those who think the bill didn't go far enough.)
I'm entirely confused here. I was all ready to fatalistically accept the Senate to pass a bill as equally as draconian as the House's, and signed with a loutish flourish in a rose garden ceremony. The damage is already done. I would have thought the GOP's strategy would be to push it through and then continue to blame Obama, Pelosi, and the Democrats for the caustic effects of the bill; with doublethink, a hivemind, jerrymandering, voter suppression, and the potent organs of propaganda the GOP wields, you could get away it.
Icing on cake: hilarious that Spicer again was "not allowed" to appear on camera at today's press conference.