On July 12, the House Republicans tried to suspend the rules and ram through Texas Rep. Joe Barton's "Better Use of Light Bulbs Act," a silly little effort to portray incandescent light bulbs as great symbols of American freedom. The incandescent light bulb is certainly a symbol of the current Republican majority: lots of heat and inefficiency, and generally outperformed by new ideas.

Rep. Kristi Noem voted for this exercise in patriot kubuki. Read the text of the bill, and you'll see that Rep. Noem must have thought the way to fight light bulb tyranny is to impose more federal tyranny. Not only would the Barton BULB Act repeal energy efficiency rules that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2007, but it also would have abolished all state and local energy efficiency rules relating to light bulbs.

More proof that Kristi and the Republicans believe in states rights only when states do what Republicans want.