Limbaugh’s a Bane in the A$$

The Dark Knight Rises, the third chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s epic “Batman” series opens official today and is expected to surpass $190 million this weekend. Positive reviews of the film say it could overtake the $207 million “The Avengers” took in during the first weekend in May.  So why talk about a comic book movie on a political blog?

Rush Limbaugh.

The blow hard conservative “entertainer” has determined that the bad guy in the movie, “Bane” played by Tom Hardy, is a liberal plot to hurt Mitt Romney who used to lead Bain Capital.  Bane and Bain sound exactly alike, after all.

From the site Deadline:

Rush Limbaugh says that moviegoers — especially “a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd” – are “gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. The thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie… There are some people who think it’ll work. Others think you’re really underestimating the American people to think that will work.” Limbaugh adds: “You may think it’s ridiculous, 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.”

For what’s it’s worth, the Bane character was created in 1993. Like Limbaugh, he uses a narcotic to fuel anger and irrational rage. 

Here’s the transcript from Limbaugh’s site:

“So, anyway, this evil villain in the new Batman movie is named Bane. And there’s now a discussion out there as to whether or not this is purposeful and whether or not it will influence voters. It’s gonna have a lot of people. This movie, the audience is gonna be huge. A lot of people are gonna see the movie, and it’s a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd, and they’re gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. The thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie, “Oh, yeah, I know who that is.” (laughing) There are some people who think it’ll work. Others think you’re really underestimating the American people to think that will work.

The Bane character in this movie was a terrorist. He’s out to destroy Gotham, New York City, which is the case in every Batman movie. But instead of sounding like Romney, he sounds like an Occupy Wall Street guy, in truth. Now, there’s a story in the Washington Times Communities today: “Is Mitt Romney…Batman? — Opponents of Mitt Romney have noticed that the name of Batman’s villain in the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises is homonymous with the name of an investment firm that Romney founded in 1984. The childish ‘aha’ moment was not unpredictable. Americans have tolerated condescension remarkably well for the past four years, so we can presumably take an insult to our ability to spell — or ability to follow a storyline, for that matter.”

But, anyway, I didn’t really know what the point of this story is. They’re trying to point out that in Batman the good guy and the rich guy are one and the same, and that’s Bruce Wayne. And so what this gal is saying here is: Hey, instead of falling in with the evil guy being Bane, let’s just say Batman is Romney. Batman’s Romney, he’s the evil rich guy, he’s the good rich guy, he’s out to save New York. The rich guy’s the good guy. Of course the evil guy is always rich too in these Batman movies. You may think it’s ridiculous, 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.”

With ComicCon having another record run last week, there was remarkably little political stuff there this year.  One Obama action figure going for about $30, and some older Spiderman mets Obama graphic novels selling for $5 a pop. 

Limbaugh’s notion that Romney is a Bruce Wayne figure is actually laughable.  Long time readers of Batman comics will note neither Wayne nor Batman change their values at the drop of a hat.  Both help the poor and the downtrodden without making a reference to “you people.” 

I have to wonder if Limbaugh was high when he went on this rant or if its another example of the long term impact of his prescription drug abuse.

  4 comments for “Limbaugh’s a Bane in the A$$

  1. July 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Let’s compare your readership to Rush’s listenership, Danny boy.

  2. July 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I’d rather compare my record of accuracy versus his.

  3. Howard Be My Name
    July 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

    You can’t compare the readership of LOC with Rush’s listenership because Rush manipulates his numbers. The man doesn’t have an honest bone in his body.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/11/1108524/-Rush-Limbaugh-s-phony-empire-exposed

  4. Phil
    July 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I guess I’m the only person who saw that terrible Batman and Robin movie with Bane in it from the 90s.

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