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I think it's fair to say that Protect IP is now a Democratic bill with a few Republicans along for the ride. The ratio is over 3:1 now, by my count. (See below.)

Why does this matter? Because the more partisan the legislation is perceived as becoming, the more likely it is to blow up in the face of the MPAA, RIAA, and their allies. The *AA's strategy all along has been to claim (until this week, with some justification) that this legislation is "bipartisan." There's a reason that gently reassuring phrase appears 113 times on MPAA.org:
http://is.gd/ZWCeKI

22 Democratic supporters of Protect IP:
* Bingaman, Jeff - (D - NM) 2012
* Boxer, Barbara - (D - CA)
* Brown, Sherrod - (D - OH) 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

7 Republican supporters:
* Alexander, Lamar - (R - TN)
* Cochran, Thad - (R - MS)
* Corker, Bob - (R - TN) 2012
* Enzi, Michael B. - (R - WY)
* Graham, Lindsey - (R - SC)
* Isakson, Johnny - (R - GA)
* McCain, John - (R - AZ)

Note that supporters != sponsors. Some sponsors listed on Congress' own web site are no longer supporters. If I've missed anyone, please let me know.

This is, by the way, based on my own conversations with dozens of Senate aides in the last 48 hours and the good folks at OpenCongress.org who have done their own crowdsourced whip count:
http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Protect_IP_Act_Senate_whip_count

And if I'm right in my micro-analysis above, it implies that opponents of Protect IP/SOPA should concentrate their fire on the seven remaining GOP supporters before next Tuesday's vote. (After all, if even former Judiciary chairman Orrin Hatch wants out, why are his colleagues still on the bus?) So far, Republican senators have been much more eager to back away from the bill than Democrats.
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The problem is that very, very few legislators are tech savvy enough to even know what the reprocussions of these bills even are. They only hear what the MPAA and RIAA's lobiests tell them.
 
+James Salsman Their methodology is a bit odd. Take Sen. Grassley. ProPublica has him listed as a supporter of Protect IP, but if you click on his name, you'll see his statement: "As it stands right now, I can’t support the bill moving forward next week.” Which is why I don't list him as one. Maybe they haven't updated their database?
 
No idea. I'm tired of hydra heads. Public campaign finance is the only thing that can get money out of Congress. They have to spend 85% of their time fundraising, up from 70% before Citizens United, because the candidate spending the most money wins 94% of the time. So please tell your publisher that if Congress votes to give the top two contenders $10 million each six months before the election it will mean way more campaign ads for the stockholders.
 
Um, thanks for that relevant insight into the current political maneuverings around Protect IP.
 
Several lawmakers admitted that they're not tech savvy and didn't understand the bill. If they don't understand something, how can they vote on it? Shouldn't they say, "hey, I need more information, can you have an expert explain this to me in language I can understand?"
 
+Declan McCullagh do you agree with +Lawrence Lessig that these individual bills including e.g. the Research Works Act are merely symptoms of pay-for-play politics exacerbated by Citizens United?
 
+Declan McCullagh Why isn't Saxby Chambliss in your list? According to a statement on his web site, he is not only a supporter, but "as a co-sponsor I am in a better position legislatively to voice my concerns, and craft legislation that addresses Internet piracy while still protecting free and open access to the Internet.”
 
Hollywood supports Democrats. Democrats support Hollywood. Follow the money.
 
+Jason Day It's not an unreasonable decision to remain as a cosponsor for tactical reasons even if you no longer support the bill. The rest of Sen. Chambliss' statement: "I have listened to the concerns of many Georgians and I agree that these concerns must be addressed. Congress should avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences."

I took Sen. Cardin, a Democrat, off my supporter list even though his statement was very similar (remaining as sponsor "so that he can actively participate in fixing flaws in the current bill.")

Not sure this nose-counting matters that much, though, after today's news that Sen. Reid postponed the floor vote: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-57362677-261/senate-vote-on-pipa-is-postponed/
 
Louis CK for Senate. where the hell does he live?
 
I think that the Repubs are mostly against it because the Dems are (were) strongly for it. Sadly, there's no principle behind it, just the threat of being thrown out of office that is changing the direction.
 
Don't name your kid "Lamar" if you want him to defend the Constitution...
 
+murph nj So Democrats are for SOPA because they're principled and Republicans are against SOPA because they're responsive to constituents? :)
 
Near-absolute subjugation to the whims of lobbyists, bundlers, and contributors post Citizens United is strictly bipartisan.
 
+Declan McCullagh You are such an optimist. :) No, I think that the Democrats were bought and paid for by Hollywood and the Republicans saw the writing on the wall and took the opportunity to oppose something that looked politically unpopular. Sadly neither of them are principled, both turned on SOPA/PIPA because of the overwhelming public outrage.
 
I just love how you praise the republican party for stopping sopa and pipa while ignoring the facts they have nothing to do with it. It was the people around the us and the world that protested, companies that supported the protest went black, people calling their representatives, etc etc.. But no, they had nothing to do with it, it was all the republicans doing.

Ya know if you want to take the high road about Sopa, maybe you shouldn't be working for companies that DO SUPPORT SOPA eh?
 
Phil, Declan is pointing out that it was the Republicans who were responsive to their electorate's desires, and the Democrats who were bought and sold by Hollywood. Feel free to allow this to break a few of your preconceptions. It's refreshing to open your mind to new information!
 
In this article, yes but in another one he lays full credit to only the republicans.
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