New Batman villain inspired by Romney?

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by Michelle Miller / CBS News

KMOV.com

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 12:00 PM

NEW YORK - The new Batman blockbuster movie offers fodder for the presidential campaign.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is one of summer’s most anticipated sequels, and before it even hits theaters, it’s raising the specter of political posturing.

The Caped Crusader’s latest nemesis bears a name - Bane—that perhaps could not have come at a worse time for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Jon Stewart joked about it on “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, pointing out that, “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.”

Romney has been battling the “Bain” of his campaign since the primaries.

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is talking conspiracy.

“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?” Limbaugh asks.

“I wouldn’t usually say I agree with Rush Limbaugh,” says Democratic strategist Michael Meehan, “but if the Bain attack becomes a Bane caricature in a cartoon, in a popular movie, the Obama campaign couldn’t be happier.”

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