This is not as serious as calling a woman a slut, but Rush Limbaugh may have reached “new levels of foam-flecked paranoia” by arguing that the scripting of Bane as the villain in The Dark Knight Rises is an evil Democratic plot:
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 Bane?
Bane’s creator, Chuck Dixon, a self-described “lifelong conservative” responded:
As for his appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane is a force for evil and the destruction of the status quo. He’s far more akin to an Occupy Wall Street type if you’re looking to cast him politically. And if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney.
Adam Serwer’s mouth drops:
Some context for the non-nerds: Bane the Batman villain was originally introduced by DC Comics as part of a story arc that involves Batman being harried to exhaustion by having to deal with a rash of escaped supervillains. Bane inflicts a devastating defeat on Batman, who is too tired to fight back, breaking his back and leaving him in a wheelchair for a year. This happened in 1993. Almost twenty years ago. A guy named Bill Clinton was president.
Remember, at the beginning of the week, I asked which story would dominate the week, Bain or Bane. Looks like the answer is both.