Skip to comments.Erick Erickson Promises To Work Hard To Defeat Any Rightwing SOPA Supporters In Congress
Posted on 12/25/2011 10:59:15 AM PST by JerseyHighlander
One of the more interesting things about the whole SOPA/PIPA debate (and, as I've pointed out for many years, about any of the intellectual property policy fights) is how non-partisan they are. In fact, I think it's important that they're non-partisan, because when things become partisan, they become... well... silly (on both sides). SOPA/PIPA supporters keep touting how their bills have "bi-partisan" support, but I'd argue what's much more powerful is how the growing movement protesting these bills is almost entirely non-partisan. There are tons of people all over the political spectrum protesting, and none of the discussion has been about broad political philosophies or major party talking points. They've all been about the specific issues with the bill.
And that's creating some interesting opposition that may start to wake up Congress. We've definitely seen people associated with both ends of the political spectrum come out against the bills. For example, how often do you see Nancy Pelosi and Darrell Issa agree on something? We've also seen some prominent Tea Party groups, like the Tea Party Patriots, as well as prominent "left" movements/sites like MoveOn and DailyKos come out against the bill.
Now, Erick Erickson, the guy behind the rightwing site RedState, has said that not only is he against SOPA, but that he will do everything in his power to defeat any Republican who co-sponsors the bill. And he challenges people on the left to do the same with Democratic co-sponsors:
A fund should be created and the left should go out and find candidates to take on the Democrat sponsors. The right should go out and find candidates to take on the Republican sponsors.... The money should then be used to fund the primary challenges against the incumbent sponsors of SOPA. Let the right vet and direct the funding on the right so no one thinks the left is trying to pick the challenger and vice-versa on the left.He even admits that this might take out some politicians he really likes and supports, such as Rep. Marsha Blackburn (whose hypocrisy on the topic of regulating the internet, we've discussed in the past). As Erickson says:
Killing SOPA is that important.So important that it's worth campaigning and sending funds against candidates you otherwise agree with.
Get out there and contact your Congressman and explicitly explain how support for PIPA AND SOPA means the end of their political careers.
YOU, yes YOU should call your Senator and Representative repeatedly to protest against this bill that breaks the Internet, and speels the end of FreeRepublic.com
Go here for a direct link to find your Senator and Representative's contact details.
As grassroots opposition to the internet censorship bills known as SOPA and PIPA continues to build, the entertainment industry and their allies in Congress are scrambling to move them forward as quickly as possible. Heres a quick update on where things stand at the moment.
PIPA is officially the top item on the agenda for when the Senate returns from the holiday recess. During their final day in session last week, Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] submitted a cloture petition, signed by 18 Democratic senators, on the motion to proceed to the bill, setting up a vote to occur no earlier than one hour after the Senate adjourns on the second calendar day after the motion is filed. According to the Congressional Record, that will be January 24th at 2:15 p.m. ET.
The motion will take a supermajority of 60 votes to be approved. The bill already has 41 co-sponsors, so the supporters only need 19 more to pass the motion. So far, only 4 senators have come out solidly against the bill Sen. Ron Wyden [D, OR], Sen. Rand Paul [R, KY], Sen. Jerry Moran [R, KS], and Sen. Maria Cantwell [D, WA].
Sen. Wyden is leading an attempt to stop the cloture vote from taking by planning to basically shut down the Senate floor with a reading of the names of more than 1 million individuals who have signed a petition against the bill. The plan is to eat up as much floor time as possible and see if they can stall things long enough that Reid will withdraw his motion and give up on holding the vote. The three other senators who have already come out against the bill may help Wyden execute the reading, but theyll probably need even more help if they hope to keep things tied up for long enough to win. Its basically going to come down to a physical question of how long they can hold the floor. If there are 4 of them, holding the floor around the clock is pretty difficult. But if there are 10 it will be a lot easier.
If Reid waits out the Wyden filibuster and the cloture motion ends up being approved, the bill will almost certainly win final passage from the Senate later that week. Final passage only requires a bare majority of 51 votes, and 60 senators will have already shown tacit support for the in voting to approve cloture on the motion to proceed. Reid has taken $1,383,541 from corporations and special interests supporting SOPA and PIPA this year more than any other member of Congress and he seems to be highly motivated to get the bill passed. Dont expect him to give into the Wyden filibuster too easily.
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by lead SOPA sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith [R, TX-21], held a marathon, 15+ hour mark-up session on the bill. Dozens of amendments were voted on, and every single amendment to improve the bill for its opponents was rejected by a wide margin, including one to take China-style DNS blocking out of the bill. But the bill itself never got a vote. During the morning of day two of the mark-up session, Smith suddenly announced that he was going to postpone the vote.
The mark-up and vote was originally scheduled to continue tomorrow morning, but now that too has been postponed by Smith, citing the schedule of the House (having voted down the Senates tax cut bill, the House is now adjourned). At this point, we wont see action on the House side until late January or early February. Its even possible that the mark-up vote will be delayed until the committee can hold hearing with security experts about how the bill could increase U.S. exposure cyberattacks.
The main reason the mark-up is postponed, however, is that the folks from all corners of the internet have risen up in a grassroots, cross partisan effort to fight this bill and the members of Congress who support it. As I wrote last week, the online uprising against the bill is itself a perfect example of whats wrong with the bill, as many of the sites that have facilitated the uprising would be vulnerable to censorship under SOPA/PIPA. The bills supporters had been trying to ignore and suppress the very legitimate security and free speech concerns of the internet experts, legal scholars, human rights groups, and web companies that oppose the bill. But all the attention online, and the millions of calls and emails to Congress, simply made them impossible to ignore.
As of this moment, the mark-up has not been rescheduled. My guess, though, would be that Rep. Smith was put it back on the schedule for some time shortly after the House reconvenes on January 18th.
The January recess is going to be a crucial time for the bills future. If SOPA/PIPA opponents can flip some on-the-fence senators and reps. to solid no votes and get a few more to join the filibuster, theres a good chance these bills can be killed. The momentum is certainly going against internet censorship at the moment, but a quick look at the 91 corporations and special interests behind the bills should be enough to show that if the public sleeps on this, there is a huge network of money and influence ready to push things back in the other direction.
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Here are some updates on SOPA and PIPA.
If you have your own pinglists, it is worth sending out the signal here, this is an existential threat to FR and every other online social and political forum/blog/website you patronize.
These thugs voted for the detention bill. They will vote for this as well. Count on it.
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Marsha Blackburns district is right next to Jim Coopers. Maybe the Republicans who run redistricting can merge her with Cooper.
Er, Ah, I’m not cool and tech savvy like it seems all you guys are.
I would really like to know what the heck SOPA and PIPPA are and why I should care?
It would be nice to those of us not in the “know” to know what in the heck we are talking about here.
Not a criticism, just an observation.
I don't know where that leaves those of you too lazy to type "SOPA" into a search engine.
Gee, it’d be nice to see a simple explanation of WTF SOPA, PIPA, etc. means...
Thank you. I like to think I’m pretty aware of what’s going on and I have no idea what SOPA and PIPPA are.....and I was beginning to think I was the only one.
I’ll bite: What’s SOPA and PIPA?
It ain’t simple, and it ain’t good.
Hussein has been wanting an internet czar. It would follow right along with his two nazi report your friends and neighbors programs. Tin foil or not, there’s been more than one FR member’s computer to be hacked by what can only be government thugs. We’ve already slid down the slippery slop and are flying high speed smack dab into communist Amerika.
That much I gathered; the question for me is, "WHY?"
(Moving on to a well-written, comprehensible post...)
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