A lot of attention is going to be paid in the next 48 hours to Wikipedia’s one-day blackout in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act. But it might be a little bit like protesting Adam Sandler’s Jack & Jill winning the Oscar for Best Picture: probably not going to happen anyway. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is one of the leading opponents of the bill, leading the charge against it from the right, and now says he doesn’t expect it to ever even come to a vote. Issa says that he has assurances from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) that SOPA won’t reach the floor for a vote unless there is enough consensus among House members to assure its passage.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to bring the PROTECT IP Act, the Senate version, to a vote on January 24th but as we’ve pointed out before Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) vows to filibuster it out of existence.
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