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Politics and the Dark Knight Rises

Politics and the Dark Knight Rises

Even the Dark Knight can't escape politics.



Source: Washington Examiner

The Washington Examiner has come out with a new report that various Democratic blogs and interest groups are attempting to associate presidential candidate Mitt Romney to the villain of the upcoming superhero movie The Dark Knight Rises

MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TO FOLLOW.

The report focuses on Romney's involvement with Bain Capital, a Boston private equity firm co-founded by Romney in 1984.   Romney left the business in 1999 to run the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, but was still involved, either in name only or in a management capacity, with the company until 2002.  Bain has become the focus of attack by Democrats, who accuse Bain, and by extension Romney, of shipping jobs overseas.  Romney's involvement at Bain between 1999 and 2002 are of particular interest as the company engaged in several dubious investments. 

The interesting thing is the turn the story took yesterday, when several commentators noted similarities between Romney and Bane, the Venom-dependent villain of The Dark Knight Rises.  "Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood," said Democratic adviser Christopher Lehane. "The narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society." 

The comparison has rankled conservative comic fans, especially Chuck Dixon, the creator of Bane and a notable conservative comic writer.  On his website, Dixon publicly worried whether Rush Limbaugh, a conservative radio show host, would pick up on the story and accuse Dixon as being a liberal, a crime akin to puppy molestation.   He later relented and expressed hope that Democrats would purchase Bane toys to assault Romney with, in order to benefit from the increased royalty checks.

Truthfully, the comparison is all very silly.  If Romney is a member of a worldwide league of assassins, then President Obama would be Batman, a vigilante with no sense of the law or public interests who advocates child endangerment and openly works with formerly illegal immigrants.

The lesson to be learned here is this: if you're looking to pursue a career in politics, best make sure you work with companies that don't share a name with known supervillains.  Whether it's the Hail Hydra Ice Cream Stand, Red Skull Extermination Services or Sinestro Enterprises, your political rivals might try to compare you with over the top supervillains, forcing you to go on the defensive. 
 

 

Written or Contributed by: ThanosCopter

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ThanosCopter is a specially designed helicopter built to transport Thanos the Mad Titan. Built by Sterling Custom Helicopters, ThanosCopter appeared in several Marvel comics, before being abandoned by its owner during the character's ascension into major villainy. ThanosCopter was discovered by the Outhouse and given a second chance at life. He now buzzes merrily around the comic book industry, spreading snark, satire and humor like candy to small children.
 

 


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