Dear Representative Bachmann:

Thank you for reintroducing your "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act" that would repeal the mandate phasing out incandescent light bulbs by the end of the year. I sleep easier knowing that you are in Congress tirelessly working to ensure that when it comes to which light bulbs consumers purchase, you are pro-choice. Sure, there are other elected officials who debate the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, pass legislation affecting our economy and strive for solutions towards our spiraling national debt. Blah, blah, blah. Thankfully, you have the courage to stand, at this critical leadership moment, and put the power and authority of your office behind a piece of legislation that acknowledges the terrible wrong that is about to be committed against the lowly, conventional light bulb. Brava! This is exactly the kind of foresighted thinking that will propel you from Minnesota's 6th Congressional District to the White House – where your first act can be installing any light bulb you want. (Might I suggest the soft pink ones? It will create a warmer environment for those prickly State Dinners.) Sarah Palin must be slapping her forehead right about now and exclaiming: "Duh! Why didn't I think of the light bulbs as a freedom of choice issue? Now what platform am I going to run on?" You have said, "The American people want less government intrusion into their lives, not more, and that includes staying out of their personal light bulb choices." How true that is. The last thing we want is our government intruding on people's decisions about things like who to marry or a woman's right to decide what she does with her body. Oh, wait a minute; I guess the government does intrude on those issues. Perhaps what you meant to say is that government can intrude when it suits your political agenda, but otherwise it should just stay out of the way. That's the kind of cherry-picking leadership that worked so well for Ronald Reagan and that we have come to admire in you. Of course there are those who will snigger and say that light bulbs are not a freedom of choice issue. Those who can't see, as you do, that "This mandate (to phase out incandescent light bulbs) has sweeping effects on American families and businesses…" These are the very same people who thought it was a bad idea for you to give your stunning Tea Party rebuttal to the President's State of the Union Address. They are the same shortsighted Obama sycophants who think that the defining issue of the day is jobs and not light bulbs. Carry on, Congresswoman Bachmann. You are a bright bulb in dark times. And don't worry about any future impersonations that Kristen Wiig might do of you on "Saturday Night Live." Just remember what that did for Tina Fey's career. I mean, Sarah Palin's career.