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The elected republicans are in a catch-22. They have a tax bill that is really bad, and privately they don't want it to pass because they know they can do much much better. However, if they don't pass it, it is likely they will lose control of the Senate, and lose a lot of seats in the House.
I think they know they have something akin to Obamacare in terms of the mess they will have afterwards, but they rather have a mess than nothing at all. They are taking trump's approach, pass it, then double down, and never admit it was crap in the first place. Just keep doubling down no matter how bad things get. If middle americans see a tax increase, just say it's a lie. It is about bluffing and never admitting that you're bluffing; always say that facts are lies if the facts expose the the truth.
In chaos and confusion, people remain uncertain what to believe; they' will even doubt if 1+1=2. When things are calm, its easy for people to determine what is true, and separate the good guys from the scammers. This is a fundamental key to how trump operates; keep people off balance, and they'll always be in a state of confusion.