SOPA stances shift alliances, create political targets

RedState blogger (and Peach Pundit emeritus) Erick Erickson issued a call to arms against U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, whom he says he generally likes, over her co-sponsorship of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

I love Marsha Blackburn. She is a delightful lady and a solidly conservative member of Congress.

And I am pledging right now that I will do everything in my power to defeat her in her 2012 re-election bid.

Asked for comment on this development, Jack Arnold, an independent candidate who says he’s running against Blackburn, had this to say:

SOPA is a perfect example of lobbyist-written legislation being pushed through by members of Congress who don’t fully understand its ramifications in order to secure more money from groups with deep pockets to win the next election. I don’t want anyone shutting down the internet: not corporations OR the government. The internet carries the promise of bringing democracy back to our broken electoral system. Defending a return to democracy — in place of a cash driven special-interest system like we have now — should be something that transcends left or right and unites the citizenry.

Meanwhile, some members of the social news site Reddit have announced that they intend to “take down” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker over his SOPA support (along with his support of the NDAA and the USA PATRIOT Act). Michael Gideon wonders if they can:

Reddit members have already achieved a number of ‘hits’ this year, including the infamous Texas judge William Adams campaign. Can they bring down a popular and relatively safe politician like Bob Corker? And if they can, is this how democracy works now?

Here’s another quote from Erickson that illustrates his view of the bill.

The Act intends to stop online piracy. The way the Act goes about doing this is, in large part, allowing [U.S. Attorney General] Eric Holder to take control of the internet and shut down websites he does not like. It is a totalitarian response from a bipartisan coalition of Congresscritters most of whom admit they have no freaking idea how the internet even works.


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