Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is. That's right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing. 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?
. . . 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.
~ Rush Limbaugh
I wouldn't usually say I agree with Rush Limbaugh, but if the Bain attack becomes a Bane caricature in a cartoon, in a popular movie, the Obama campaign couldn't be happier."
~ Democratic strategist Michael Meehan
found on comicscavern.com
It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood. Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being (put) 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.
~ former Clinton Adviser Chris Lehane
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?
~ Chuck Dixon, who created "Bane" for DC Comics
1. A cause of great distress or annoyance.
2. Something, typically poison, that causes death.
Example sentence: Romney's record at Bain Capital is proving to be the BANE of his candidacy for president.
~ comment by Grady Hepworth on USA Today
The hot political story of the moment is Mitt Romney's old venture capital company (Bain Capital), which happens to bear the same name as the most frightening, and current Batman villain.
~ John Stewart on The Daily Show
The label inside Rush's hatband: Reynolds Aluminum
~ comment by Slinging Stones on Huff Post
knight"...they use the word knight that sounds like night. Romney sometimes goes out at night! When it's "dark"! It's a conspiracy
~ comment by see-ellen2001 on Huff Post
I am sure the creator of the Bane character had in mind Romney's campaign back in 1993 when the character made its first appearance.
~ comment by odra on Huffington Post
See, the villains in Batman were named decades in advance in anticipation of the 2012 Presidential Election in which one of the candidates would have a contested affiliation with a company named "Bain." That's why they named that villain "Bane" . . . The conspiracy is deep, and it has a lot of foresight. Decades of foresight.
~ Rachel Maddow on MSNBC
.@rushlimbaugh You should read up on Bane. He's an oversized drug-addict with anger issues who's been popular since the 90s. You'd love him.— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) July 17, 2012
If Obama plotted to have a Batman character named Bane debut 19 years before the 2012 election, he should be re-elected based on that alone.— EJMaroun (@ejmaroun) July 18, 2012
The same time traveling liberal who wrote Obama's Hawaii birth announcement in 1961 also wrote Bane into Batman in 1993.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) July 18, 2012
Hey when you realize Bane and Bain are homophones let everyone know cuz you’re definitely the first person to think of that!— Andy Levy (@andylevy) July 17, 2012
@andylevy That’s it Andy, now you’ll have libs accuse Romney of being a homophone!— AlanCult (@AlanCult) July 17, 2012
@andylevy can't. As a conservative I'm deeply homophonphobic— Robert Laurie (@RobertLaurie) July 17, 2012
The better question is not why Batman's Bane sounds like Romney's company but which genius named a company a word that sounds like "bane"?— Ken Shipe (@kenshipe) July 18, 2012
This is hilariously conterproductive from Rush Limbaugh: making sure millions more will now associate Bane with Bainhuffingtonpost.com/2012/07/18/lim…— Martin Gelin (@M_Gelin) July 18, 2012
If Rush Limbaugh is telling fans a Batman character created 20 years ago was named to hurt Romney, he must be scared: bit.ly/NwmW1z— Eric Deggans (@Deggans) July 18, 2012
by Brainwrap on Daily Kos