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Were they ever *in* step?

I don't know how this will end. It's a weird but potentially promising situation:

Republicans have hoped to seize on recent Democratic policy moves that riled tech companies, including a push for strict anti-piracy rules and the Obama administration's continued backing of National Security Agency surveillance of Internet users.

But the hot issue in Silicon Valley now is net neutrality. And on that issue, the GOP and the tech industry are mostly out of step.

Kevin Drum says that Republicans opposition to Net Neutrality is really just a knee-jerk anti-Obama reaction, since (as Drum sees it; i don't necessarily agree) it's really just a war between two rival industry groups. But i actually think their stance on Net Neutrality is more consistent with their usual anti-regulation philosophy than the other things listed. As much as i don't like the Democrats on copyright and on the surveillance state, Republicans are worse.

I'd be more than happy to be surprised, though.

By fnord12 | February 13, 2015, 12:02 PM | Liberal Outrage