PIPA's chance of passing look good, or did. Support that was overwhelming a few weeks ago has drained away to the point that loud, insistent last-minute protest from major web sites and a flood of email from constituents could make a big difference in the reception PIPA gets in the Senate.
"Before it looked like it would pass with 80 votes, and now [the online protest] looks like something that will suck the votes away," a senior aide to a Senate Democrat told CNN. "We're at a tipping point. It will either become a huge issue or die down a bit and that will determine the future of this."
"It" in this case, the thing that will either die down or become a huge issue, is resistance from both consumers and Internet companies.
The leading opponent of PIPA in the Senate is Ron Wyden, (D, Ore.) who, among other things, promises to read the names of everyone who asks him to from the floor of the Senate while filibustering against the bill.
Civil rights and Internet-business organizations are calling for consumers to not only send Wyden their names, but to send their Senators clear signals that show just how little Americans think of both Internet censorship and punishment without trial.
Here's one fromOpenCongress.org that will help ID your Senator, his or her email address and details on the bill like its Senate number. It will also help you write the letter, no matter which side of the issue you're on.
Here's another, from PublicKnowledge.org, that will also walk you through the process and add as many details as you like about why you might want to tell a Senator or two to vote the thing down.
Here's one from Fight for the Future that will let you write a protest letter, or sign up your site as part of the protest.