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Who Are The Dimmest Bulbs of Virginia?


Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the bizarre “Better Use of Light Bulbs Act.” Believe it or not, the bill would have “repeal[ed] lighting provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007” (signed into law by…that’s right, Republican President George W. Bush), all because some crazy people think it’s a commie plot or something.

Fortunately, the “BULB” Act failed to gain the required 2/3 vote in the House, under suspension of the rules. Still, 228 “dim bulb” Republicans, and 5 apparently “burned-out bulb” Democrats, voted “aye.” Here’s how the Virginia delegation’s feet came down on the light bulbs (Jewish wedding tradition, inside joke). 🙂

Bright Bulbs (voted “nay”)

Gerry Connolly

Morgan Griffith (I’m shocked at this one; did this climate-science-denying freakazoid get confused and press the wrong button?!?)

Jim Moran

Scott Rigell (also surprising, did he just copy what Morgan Griffith did?)

Bobby Scott

Very Dim Bulbs (voted “aye”)

Eric Can’tor

Randy Forbes

Bob Goodlatte

Robert Hurt

Rob Wittman (or maybe “Wit-less?”)

Frank Wolf

Here’s what Gerry Connolly had to say about the bill. The gist of his blog-level-snarky (but dead-on accurate!) remarks: “This entire situation would be hilarious but for the gravity of the threats our nation faces, from climate change to the debt puzzle, or the opportunities that we will forgo in the Middle East because this House is distracted by a paranoid attack on light bulbs.”


  • Elaine in Roanoke

    I always thought that Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” was some sort of commie plot. He was a evidently a closet socialist. 🙂

  • mrg.uva

    reading something somewhere back in 2007/8 after this was first passed about bulb makers creating huge pyramids of unused incandescent bulbs, etc., etc., because they couldn’t take their goods to market.  I wonder if there’s some savvy lightbulb corporate svengali behind the entire tea party movement just so he can get rid of that filamental pyramid.  🙂

  • kindler

    …Repubs allegedly want to reduce the deficit. On the other hand, they want the government, and everyone else, to waste billions of dollars in unneeded energy through inefficient technology.  

    These folks have just completely stopped making any kind of sense — even when you judge them by the terms of their own ideological premises.