Call me crazy, but this sounds an awful like a situation in which the politicians don't have the vote, but they try to convince as many people as they can that they actually do in order to convince more folks to vote their way. My guess is they don't actually have the votes they need and Reid will be forced to pull the bill. I just can't imagine him putting his "red state" or rural democratic senators at risk with a vote for a bill that will probably not pass the senate, much less the house.
This is just a guess and I could be very wrong. Also, my guess will not stop me from making my weekly call to my senators and representative tomorrow morning.