EDITORIAL: Rush Limbaugh and the Bane of Mitt Romney

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On Tuesday, notorious conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves and dropped the hammer on the comic book community.

With the release of Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, just around the corner, Limbaugh asked his audience if they thought it was mere coincidence that the film’s villain is named Bane. In the last several weeks, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been forced to answer a great many questions about his time as an executive at venture capital firm Bain Capital. There have been questions about the firm’s outsourcing or offshoring practices, their relationship with Romney during his time managing the Olympics, and when the former Massachusetts governor ended his affiliation with the company.

Limbaugh paints the use of Bane (a character created in 1993) in Nolan’s Batman as part of a left-wing conspiracy to keep Bain Capital in the minds of the “zombie” left-leaning voters as they go to the polls in November:

“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 absurdity of his argument is plain on its face. The film has been in development since before Mitt Romney was even considered a contender for the Republican nomination. The idea that a film studio would hang the financial success of their largest continuing franchise on the hopes of some sort of tangential connection to a former Republican governor is beyond ridiculous.

See the full transcript of Limbaugh’s rant here.

Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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