Don't put it past the Obama campaign to use a new comparison being drawn by Democrats between the maniacal, mask wearing, venom gas-breathing villain from the final installment of the Batman movies, "The Dark Knight Rises," and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Who would that make President Barack Obama -- Batman?
"Bane" is the name of the ruthless villain that terrorizes Gotham City in the latest Batman movie. As you probably already figured out, that sure sounds awfully similar to the investment company Bain Capital previously run by Romney, which the Obama campaign is claiming was an outsourcing, job killing, heartless corporation under the former Massachusetts governor. There must be a connection, right? No.
Still, Democratic advisers and lefties are trying to push the ridiculous Bane-Bain comparison.
Paul Bedard at The Washington Examiner writes:
Democrats, who believe they have Romney on the ropes over the president's assault on his leadership at Bain Capital, said the comparisons are too rich to ignore.
"It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood," said Democratic advisor and former Clinton aide Christopher Lehane. "Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood, 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," he added.
As the Friday release date has neared, liberal blogs were the first to connect Batman's toughest foe with Romney's firm. But now even some conservatives, concerned Romney isn't fighting the Bain attacks hard enough, see a similarity in the epic DC Comics fight and the political campaign.
One person who is particularly unamused by the forced comparison is comic book writer Chuck Dixon, who created the character of Bane with Graham Nolan in the early 90s.
According to The Washington Times, Dixon responded to the news on his website's message board:
"I saw it on FB like two hours ago. Ridiculous. Tho' I got a cold feeling in the pit of my stomach that Rush (Limbaugh) may pick up on this. And that would be the second time he pegged me and Graham as liberals on his show."
In another post, he wrote: "Overgrasping Dems? Hey, if it gets Obama supporters into theaters. Maybe they'll buy thousands of Bane toys to throw at Romney. It all adds to MY Bane capital. I wonder if the Romney campaign will contact me?"
More from The Washington Times:
The DC Comics character Bane is best known for releasing all of Gotham City's criminals from Arkham Asylum. Batman is pushed to the point of exhaustion as he rounds them all back up, but Bane is waiting for him and breaks Batman's back. Bane brings forth chaos, anarchy, and lawlessness. Mitt Romney is not the first person to come to mind as far as the character of Bane is concerned. In fact, the chaos that Bane brings is reminiscent of Occupy Wall Street protests.
Other than the silly name play by the Obama campaign, the comparison is ridiculous, especially because Selina Kyle (Catwoman), a thief who steals from rich individuals and is played by actress Ann Hathaway in the film, whispers to ultra wealthy Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego, in one trailer: "There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne," she says. "You and your friends better batten down the hatches. Because when it hits you're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us." (video below)