Bonjour les Enfants
posted at 7:38 am on July 17, 2012 by Dafydd ab Hugh
Is this to be the Trillion Dollar Taxman’s new campaign theme? It’s tres apropos, since Barack “Big Stick” Obama has always operated under a Hollywood haze of teen logic:
This summer’s much-anticiapted Hollywood blockbuster, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is getting an unusual boost from Democrats and other foes of Mitt Romney who are eager to tie the Gotham crushing villain to the GOP presidential candidate. Their angle: the mask-wearing, “Venom” gas breathing bad guy has a name that sounds just like Romney’s former investment firm that President Obama has been blasting as a jobs killer.
“Bane” is the terrorist in the new movie who drives the caped crusader out of semi-retirement in the final Batman movie. 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.
I say again,
I suppose this might be a very persuasive argument, if the voting population was entirely composed of adolescent boys and aging, spherical anime fans. Bonjour, les enfants!
The self-dubbed, self-deluded, most intelligent president of all time, the One, the lightbringer, whose advent will cause the Earth to cool and the oceans to subside (any minute now), appears to be pinning all his hopes upon a series of sound bites, one-liners, lies, and now — on the freak similarity of names between a successful, job-boosting, private-equity firm and a comic-book villain from the DCverse.
Am I missing something here, or has the president gone bananas?
“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.
It would be comical, if it wasn’t so villainous. All one can do is look at the denizens of D.C. and marvel.
But thank goodness that some Democrats, here and there, have a little more bottom, gravitas, than to turn to a comic book (yes, yes, “graphic novel”) and its attendant movie in a plaintive and desperate attempt to put Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the rear-view mirror… something the Obama campaign has utterly failed to do after years of campaigning and hundreds of millions of dollars pounded down the rathole. Still, some Democrats, at least, cling to the innate dignity of the office and democratic election and confine their campaign themes to serious, weighty issues:
Democratic strategist Karl Frisch suggests a Romney comparison instead to Mr. Burns, the devilish nuclear power plant owner on the Simpsons. “The similarities are endless.”
All right, I know when I’m licked. I guess the Obama nation is like Solla Sollew, where we never have troubles — at least very few. Since we have evidently solved the troubles from our sour economy, our mind-numbing deficit, our collapsing foreign policy, the looming government takeover of all medical care, crony
Capitalism Fascism, our pending surrender withdrawal from two wars we had already won, Climategate, Solyndragate, Holdergate, Amnestygate, and our regulatory regurgitation, we might as well wallow in ComiCon-induced cognitive craziness on the campaign cul-de-sac.
But if we’re leading with animated American icons, then I suggest a more apt comparison: Barack H. Obama as — you’re way ahead of me! — Wile E. Coyote, the hapless half-smart slowfoot who is constantly losing the race to much smarter, speedier, and invariably more cheerful Roadrunner. (Whose first appearance was in a 1949 Warner Bros. cartoon titled “Fast and Furry-ous.” You can’t make this stuff up!)
Quick, somebody break open that box from Acme Mendacity and Demagoguery! Something in there is sure to turn the tide…
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…