Nice try, Christopher Nolan, but Rush Limbaugh's knowing eyes see the subliminal, canonically-sound Romney attack ad behind the mask.
Yelling on his radio show yesterday, Limbaugh cautioned his listeners that--like adorable left-wing propaganda pieces The Lorax and The Muppets--The Dark Knight Rises is a thinly-veiled plot to indoctrinate "a lot of brain-dead people" with a liberal agenda by-way-of loose word association. His issue? With Mitt Romney under fire in connection to Bain Capital, the ring-wing host has keenly observed the similarity to the Batman film's central villain, Bane, and, in Rush Limbaugh's pill-addled mind, it's no mere coincidence that a 20-year-old comic book villain sort of bears the name of an investment fund that just recently became a news item.
(An impending attack ad)
"So this evil villain in the new Batman movie is named Bane. And there's discussion out there as to whether or not this was purposeful and whether or not it will influence voters. It's going to have a lot of people. The audience is going to be huge. A lot of people are going to see the movie. And it's a lot of brain-dead people -- entertainment, the pop culture crowd -- and they're going to hear Bane in the movie and they're going to associate Bain.
"And the thought is that when they're going to start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, not Bain Capital but Romney and Bain, that these people will start thinking back to the Batman movies, 'Oh yeah, I know who that is!' "
And who's going to vote for a guy who apparently works with a Batman villain? EXACTLY.
Limbaugh had no comment on whether this invented controversy has anything to do with his failed GET DAVID TENNANT AS THE RIDDLER campaign.