I think they are part of the old guard conservative media which means they aren't as much into blatant alternative facts as say trump's twitter is but they still love their racist dog whistles just as much.
Any republican with a brain should be pissed about how badly the Trump administration is bungling up. He's completely destroying the Republican brand and has no major achievements to show for it. The only reason the congressional leaders are going along with it is because the ramifications of booting Trump are probably worse than just doing what he wants, but that's a gamble that there won't be some kind of incriminating evidence against him or that he won't implode further.
Base voters won't care because very few people follow politics as obsessively as us and knows how shit works, but base voters don't decide national elections.
God. As long as the bill doesn't pass I don't care what the GOP pulls out their ass. McCain should vote no anyways but he's gonna be a hypocrite and deny millions of Americans from access to even a fraction of the quality healthcare that may well save his life.