Another note on Republicans
They seem to be moving to change protected works (so called IP) laws, to make them less punitive. I didn’t expect this, but it makes sense:
1) Hollywood is a Democratic bailiwick, and IP is how they make their money.
2) Libertarians took a couple percent in a lot of states, sometimes more. Something that can peel back some of that support makes sense.
3) It’s something they can do which appeals to the young, who hate the current regime of protected works.
4) It is fairly populist, and when Dems vote against it, as they will, it will demoralize the Democratic base, again.
Republicans aren’t doing this for any good reasons, but if they do get serious about it, I’ll support them on the issue.
The Democratic party is so right wing now that left flanking the party on some issues makes sense for the Republicans. And in a sense, this isn’t even all that left, 19th century conservatives hated patents and copyright, and for good reason.