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Bane/Bain of Romney and Rush Limbaugh’s existence

On Tuesday, on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh (who still has yet to take me up on the offer of a sandwich) suggested that there might be a sinister connection between Bane, the villain in the new Batman movie, and Bain, the villain in the new Obama campaign narrative. One that might even motivate stupid people at the polls.

“Do you know the name of the villain in this movie?” he asked. “Bane. The villain in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire-breathing four-eyed-whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bain?”

Homophony-based misconceptions work better on the radio.

Still . . . “You may think it’s ridiculous,” he added. “I’m just telling you this is the kind of stuff the Obama team is lining up. The kind of people who would draw this comparison are the kind of people that they are campaigning to. These are the kind of people that they are attempting to appeal to.”

Yup. The foolish people who would go so far as to see a connection between the Batman villain and Mitt Romney’s former employer.

“But Bane was created in 1993!”

“So? If Mitt Romney can retroactively retire, what’s to prevent Barack Obama from going back in time to alter history too?”

But frankly, what Hollywood movie isn’t a liberal conspiracy?

Here’s a handy chart I made of the summer’s other hits, using the same logic!

(MS Paint)
Alexandra Petri writes the ComPost blog, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day. She is the author of "A Field Guide to Awkward Silences".


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