When you want to talk about the lowering of the level of political discourse in the United States, no one is more despicable than Rush Limbaugh. I think he’s a very smart guy who knows that the more outrageous his statements, the more coverage he’ll receive (and therefore ratings and therefore ad dollars). Call me guilty here but I can’t resist this bait that he put out there.
Rush is claiming that the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises represents a liberal conspiracy because the villain in the film is named Bane and the company that Mittens Romney used to run is named Bain. And that people will see the movie and associate Romney with the bad guy and based solely on that they’ll vote for Obama.
I know, this descends beyond the 7th circle of stupidity. I’d call it inane but that would be an insult to everything else that’s inane. It has nothing to do with anything evenly remotely relevant to the election or the issues that the United States should be trying to solve.
And this makes it even dumber. Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan created the character Bane. Dixon said in an interview yesterday:
“The idea that there’s some kind of liberal agenda behind the use of Bane in the new movie is silly,” Dixon told ComicBook.com in the aftermath of the Limbaugh segment. “I refuted this within hours of the article in the Washington Examiner suggesting that Bane would be tied to Bain Capital and Mitt Romney appearing. Bane was created by me and Graham Nolan and we are lifelong conservatives and as far from left-wing mouthpieces as you are likely to find in comics.”
Tell you what, I’m gonna claim that the movie True Romance was a conservative conspiracy because Patricia Arquette plays a character named Alabama and she’s a prostitute and a killer. I think but don’t remember for certain that sometimes in the film her character gets called ‘Bama and that’s kind of like Obama and even though the film came out in 1993 …..