Marco Rubio withdraws support for PIPA!

It has just been announced that the good Senator from Florida has listened to the concerns of the Online Right and has decided to stop being a cosponsor for PIPA, which is of course the Senate counterpart to the Hollywood-sponsored Internet-censoring SOPA bill.  This is frankly a relief: Senator Rubio has long been a friend to sites like, say, RedState, and it would have been absolutely painful to encourage a primary challenge to him in 2016 over this issue.

I encourage everyone reading this to, again, contact your Senators and Congressman to tell them to follow Sen. Rubio’s lead and reaffirm their stance against censorship.  Especially if your Senators and/or Congressman is a Democrat: the Online Right has to do the heavy lifting on this one, as the netroots find it institutionally, ah,  problematic to challenge its leadership*.

Moe Lane

*Well, it’s true.  The netroots bluster well, but they never back up their threats with action, and so they get ignored.  But we’re crazy enough over here on the Right to follow through, and our politicians know it.


  • Doug Stewart says:

    I dunno — they DID get Lamont over Lieberman in the primary…

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Doug: true. I suppose that their loss there soured them on the concept. Just as well; and I’m not going to give a critique on how they should have done it. Somebody might be paying attention, and take notes.

  • BigGator5 says:

    Yay! Score one for the good guys!

  • BCochran1981 says:

    Moe: *gasp You mean, you think someone from the other side might actually be actively watching your site for info? 😉

    • Moe_Lane says:

      BCochran1981: if they do, it’s solely because I also write for RedState, which I damn well know is monitored by a whole bunch of groups. 🙂

  • Breaker of Horses says:

    You had me worried for a second there, Moe. I thought he might have removed his support of Pippa Middleton…

  • BCochran1981 says:

    Moe: ohhhhh, Redstate. That’s that site with the guy Eric/Erik/Erikc. 😉

  • Jeff says:

    If the Netroots were effective in bringing Democrats to heel, wouldn’t that move them decidedly to the left and away from positions that allow them to win elections, effectivly removing them from power while also shining a bright light on the wierd things the hard left believes as fact?

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Jeff: not entirely. The trick is to make the folks aligned with you anyway also afraid of your fickle nature. Counter-intuitive on the surface, I know, but it gives you a good foundation with which to work from.

  • jetty says:

    Why was Rubio co-sponsoring PIPA to begin with? Why in the world did he think that would be a good idea? Isn’t Rubio “Captain Conservative”, the Great con Hope? The Right’s President-in-waiting?

  • Jeff says:

    Breaker..I think we all stand pretty firm in our support of Pippa here….

  • Cameron says:

    How in the world does a conservative look at a bill that allows a vast amount of power to censor the internet and thinks “Yeah, that’s a good idea” ?

    I’m not claiming any kind of victory until the corpse of these laws are burnt and the ashes scattered in four directions. And even then, I don’t trust Congresscritters enough to let my guard down.

  • Beej says:

    [i]I’m not claiming any kind of victory until the corpse of these laws are burnt and the ashes scattered in four directions. [/i]

    As with Hillary Clinton’s government health care? We danced on those ashes for years.

  • Beej says:

    must be an edit button here somewhere….

  • BJ54 says:

    Trust? Congress? Ha! If they trusted me, I might (only might, maybe, kinda) trust them. Until then, my Mama didn’t raise no fool!

  • Demosthenes says:

    This is good news. I couldn’t believe Rubio was a co-sponsor of the bill in the first place, and I am very very pleased to see that he has changed his mind.

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