Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney co-founded his investment group Bain Capital in 1984. In 1993, the super-strong Batman villain Bane made his debut in DC Comics.
And on Friday, a time bomb of a smear campaign will explode after 20 odd years, costing Romney the White House. It will be a crime so deliciously Rube Goldbergesque that only the tortuous mind of the Riddler — or maybe King Tut on a lucky day — could massage this plot to fruition.
This was the theory bandied about by Rush Limbaugh, professional sayer of vowel-and-consonant combinations, today on his radio show, the Rush Limbaugh Says Stuff Hour, Sponsored By Hormel And Driggs' Merkin Hut ("Driggs' Merkins: Merkin' Memories Since 1997").
I honestly have no idea if that's actually the name of Limbaugh's show, but as Saint Ivanhoe said in Psalm 3A, "Ridiculous ignorance begets ignorant ridiculousness." Gesticulated Limbaugh wildly earlier today, with regards to the drooling populace:
Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. 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?
[...] 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 [...]
At the polls, will the brain-dead people show up at the polls? I don't know. See, I think you have to assume they will. I think you have to plan on the fact that they will show up and vote. No, just from the standpoint of you've gotta get your own turnout. You can't go into an election thinking, "Well, that group's not gonna show up. The young, yeah, they got disappointed. Obama's not who they thought he was. Ah, college students, they're not gonna show." You can't think that way. You have to think they're gonna show up. You have to count on it. You have to plan for it and come up with a way of neutralizing it.
As Bane creator, comic book author, and self-identified conservative Chuck Dixon noted before this story hit peak hilarity, when such nomenclatural parallels were being noticed on political blogs, "I got a cold feeling in the pit of my stomach that Rush may pick up on this. And that would be the second time he pegged me and [Bane co-creator] Graham [Nolan] as liberals on his show." (This was during the early 1990s Knightquest story arc.) Presumably these saboteurs were trigger-happy in 1997 and almost destroyed this slow-rising soufflé of evil.
UPDATE: Some readers are pointing out that this Bane-Bain name parallel was mentioned first by the Democrats. We already linked to a piece discussing this above, and that doesn't change the fact that Rush picked this narrative up and ran with it like a flaming NBA Jam basketball. To quote reader GuanoLad, "I find it weird how he's the one bringing it up and making the dubious connections, and yet in the same breath blaming everyone else for doing so even though they hadn't done anything of the sort. That's five star lunacy-level cunning."