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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, is claiming that support for the Hollywood-backed Protect IP copyright bill is bipartisan. That's narrowly true.

But I ran the numbers and it's not not exactly an even split: over 60 percent of the supporters are Dems. (Even if you adjust for the fact that the Democrats have a slight Senate majority, the support still comes disproportionately from one party.)

Here's the list of 25 Ds and 16 Rs who have endorsed Protect IP by signing on as a sponsor:

* Bennet, Michael F. - (D - CO)
* Bingaman, Jeff - (D - NM) 2012
* Blumenthal, Richard - (D - CT)
* Boxer, Barbara - (D - CA)
* Brown, Sherrod - (D - OH) 2012
* Cardin, Benjamin L. - (D - MD) 2012
* Casey, Robert P., Jr. - (D - PA) 2012
* Coons, Christopher A. - (D - DE)
* Durbin, Richard J. - (D - IL)
* Feinstein, Dianne - (D - CA) 2012
* Franken, Al - (D - MN)
* Gillibrand, Kirsten E. - (D - NY) 2012
* Hagan, Kay R. - (D - NC)
* Johnson, Tim - (D - SD)
* Klobuchar, Amy - (D - MN) 2012
* Kohl, Herb - (D - WI) 2012
* Landrieu, Mary L. - (D - LA)
* Leahy, Patrick J. - (D - VT)
* Lieberman, Joseph I. - (ID - CT) 2012
* Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ) 2012
* Nelson, Bill - (D - FL) 2012
* Schumer, Charles E. - (D - NY)
* Shaheen, Jeanne - (D - NH)
* Udall, Tom - (D - NM)
* Whitehouse, Sheldon - (D - RI) 2012

Republicans:
* Alexander, Lamar - (R - TN)
* Ayotte, Kelly - (R - NH)
* Blunt, Roy - (R - MO)
* Boozman, John - (R - AR)
* Chambliss, Saxby - (R - GA)
* Cochran, Thad - (R - MS)
* Corker, Bob - (R - TN) 2012
* Enzi, Michael B. - (R - WY)
* Graham, Lindsey - (R - SC)
* Grassley, Chuck - (R - IA)
* Hatch, Orrin G. - (R - UT) 2012
* Isakson, Johnny - (R - GA)
* McCain, John - (R - AZ)
* Risch, James E. - (R - ID)
* Rubio, Marco - (R - FL)
* Vitter, David - (R - LA)


I'm listing Sen. Lieberman as a D because he caucuses with the Democrats. If there's a "2012" appended, that means the senator is up for reelection next year. (Opponents of Protect IP and SOPA, take note!)
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Odd he didn't say "it's an important bill with bipartisan opposition," which is also true.
 
60/40 split is fairly bipartisan... Why does it matter if it isn't? Doesn't SOPA have a huge Republican leaning in terms of support?
 
I'm seeing some articles going around saying that they're not actually putting off for a month, but rather scheduling it this week. It would be good to explicitly clear this up.
 
Mark: How true!

Jimmy: Yep, SOPA is championed by Lamar Smith (R-Tex) in the House. Point here was to look at what Reid said about the Senate bill.

Brian: There are two different bills, two different legislative bodies, and two different schedules. Protect IP (see above link) is January 24 in the Senate. SOPA is maybe Wednesday and if not likely early next year at a time TBD in the House.
 
Sad to see Orrin Hatch is still supporting utter garbage like this even though he has a real chance of losing his seat next year.
 
"If there's a "2012" appended, that means the senator is up for reelection next year."

Bingaman, Kohl, and Lieberman aren't running for re-election.
 
Don't be too quick to malign Republican-leaners as in support of this horrible legislation; I'm one and think that the bills are dangerous and thus shouldn't be passed. There are many who agree with me. Then again, they actually use the Internet...
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