2012 Election | Mitt Romney | News | Rachel Maddow | Rush Limbaugh

Rachel Maddow Mocks Rush Limbaugh's 'Dark Knight Rises' Romney Conspiracy Theory: VIDEO


Rush Limbaugh, the head of the Republican party, floated his conspiracy theory yesterday that the villain Bane, from the new Batman flick Dark Knight Rises, is a Hollywood plot to continue bringing Mitt Romney down because it sounds like 'Bain' capital.

Maddow lets loose:

"Yes, see the villains in Batman were pre-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 decades of foresight. Also, Gone with the Wind was an early salvo of the clean energy movement."

Adds Maddow: “The modern American Right is hermetically sealed in a media universe that lets in no natural light and no air."

Check out the mockingly hilarious segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


Feed This post's comment feed


  1. They must have been planning this when they planted Oboma's fake birth announcement in the Honolulu newspaper!

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 18, 2012 8:44:04 AM

  2. And Elton John wants us to believe Limpballs is really just a pussycat.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 18, 2012 8:45:32 AM

  3. It's hands down crazy that Limbaugh is bringing up this Bane-Bain connection, but I don't like Maddow-style ripping of the Right. Can't watch her because of her tone which reeks of Liberal elitism.

    Yes, her points are correct. Yes, they need to be publicized (conservatives are wrong about A, B, and C; here's why), but taking this mocking tone just makes our side look bad. And it's no better than conservatives like Bill O'Reilly (although exponentially more fact-based).

    Just my two cents. I'll stick with Stewart and Colbert for my political laughs.

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 18, 2012 8:59:06 AM

  4. Liberal Elitism beats Conservative Smugness any day.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 18, 2012 9:30:15 AM

  5. I'm with you, David E. I'm pretty sure Rachel isn't trying to elicit laughs, unlike Stewart and Colbert. She's known for her thorough research, fair approach to the issues and measured tone. I don't think she makes our side look bad at all.

    Posted by: Laurie | Jul 18, 2012 9:51:12 AM

  6. Reince Priebus (cool name) is head of the republican party.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 18, 2012 9:54:07 AM

  7. @PAUL Poor little baby. Don't like that mean Rachel Maddow 'cause she's right on "points" and "exponentially more fact-based" but she "reeks of liberal elitism"?


    God, that comment had me hurling my morning cafe through my nose as I gagged and choked in hearty laughter!

    Are you serious? Really? Whew!

    Hey, I hear the Log Cabinettes and the Go-Prouders are looking for a few good, uh, sorta-men. Go for it, son!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 18, 2012 10:06:00 AM

  8. I welcome her mocking of Republican paranoia. No one can dissect GOP lunacy like Rachel

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 18, 2012 10:06:27 AM

  9. Dr. Maddow is awesome.

    Paul(above) is totally off base.

    Dr. Maddow deals with facts and if someone's ignorance is blatant then mocking is the least of their problems.

    Go Rachel!

    Posted by: truthiness | Jul 18, 2012 10:13:00 AM

  10. You know what is sad? I gave this guy the benefit of the doubt. I saw her report last night and thought: .... No...

    NO ONE could be THAT nutty, or THAT shut out of society. SURELY he meant that the democrats picked a vulnerable issue of Romney's (cause he must have THAT many to pick from) that happened to be the same name as a existing-WELL extablished character in BATMAN. Surely Maddow simply cut him off and minced his words for her message.

    NOPE. I found the entire audio feed.

    He TRULY thinks that this is all satire, and says anyone with LOGIC can see through this. IT made me want to headbutt a wall that he was truly THIS out of touch. This is Bane, a VERY WELL ESTABLISHED character in BATMAM-A VERY WELL established AMERICAN comic. He Rush TRULY THAT out of touch with the world? I shuddered when I came to my own answer...

    Posted by: Cocoamonk | Jul 18, 2012 10:37:37 AM

  11. @Paul: When the topic is repuglican, the jokes write themselves. Maddow's role is to document that the absurdity isn't fiction --- this is what they really believe, this is what they really do, and yes this really is happening.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jul 18, 2012 10:42:10 AM

  12. Facts are "elitist" in some sectors of our society.

    Posted by: Scott | Jul 18, 2012 10:50:47 AM

  13. Ummm, DC comics didn't pull the word "bane" out of thin air, invent it for the character. The definition is: A cause of great distress or annoyance OR Something, typically poison, that causes death. As in, "Bain has become the bane of Romney's existence."

    Bain was already a homonym for a word with a negative connotation. (What, was Dewey, Cheatham, & Howe already taken?) It's not a conspiracy, just serendipity.

    (I didn't watch the clip so Rachel might have said this already.)

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 18, 2012 11:16:27 AM

  14. George Clooney is part of the plot!!!! & Uma Thurman and Arnold Swarchaznigar (sp) because Bane was in the Clooney batman movie as Poison ivy's side kick


    Posted by: say what | Jul 18, 2012 11:17:22 AM

  15. She didn't Caliban, but Colbert did a small joke on it. In fact, his joke was almost identical to your's. XD

    Posted by: Cocoamonk | Jul 18, 2012 11:42:28 AM

  16. Nice to Maddow back in sleek cruise control--she was definitely off-balance on Bill Maher a few weeks ago, when she was debating the Libertarian guy, climaxing in her yelling "You don't know me!" at him. It was definitely not one of her finer moments. Fortunately, Rush Limbaugh is the gift that keeps on giving, so she's been given some ripe material to work with here.

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 18, 2012 11:48:49 AM

  17. Rush is an entertainer...just like Elton John.

    The real difference is that Elton's fans don't believe "Saturday night is for fighting" while Rush's fans believe and hang on to every word that comes out of his orifice.

    Rush's show is a schtick for idiots, and he's been laughing all the way to the bank for decades.

    Posted by: Chrisme | Jul 18, 2012 11:53:23 AM

  18. Bane the Villain is supposed to be a mexican wrestler right?
    and George Lopez said Mitt father was born in Mexico right?

    so maybe its all a conspiracy...LMAO...

    someone should send rush some comic book on the subject...urgh

    Posted by: Derek | Jul 18, 2012 12:06:40 PM

  19. I think the more important point is that conservative media is now too isolated for its own good. It's controlled by too few organizations with too few ideas and headed by RL and others that are really clowns dressed up in business attire. RL probably doesn't care too much about what the impact of what he says anymore, and, his fan base is now tracking to a median age of 65, which is ludicrously high. His demographics are slowly sliding away from what advertisers want, so his days on the air are numbered.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 18, 2012 12:29:50 PM

  20. @ANON like incest infecting the gene pool. Good points.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Jul 18, 2012 2:36:38 PM

  21. Rachel Maddow is a bright and insightful political coommentator. She is one of the few talking heads that I watch regularly. We got Maddow, they got Limbaugh. We got the best of that deal.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 18, 2012 5:38:06 PM

  22. The narcotics and probable sleep apnea have toasted Limbaugh's brain- he used to be smart crazy, now he's dumb crazy. Maddow is brilliant, focused, and effective. The right is about to flame out and will reorganize as something less hideous in the the very long run.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 19, 2012 12:14:04 AM

  23. After Obama's second term, Rachel and
    a majority of dems in the Senate and
    a majority of dems in the House and a
    majority of dems as governors and a
    a majority of dems in state senates
    and houses and a majority of dems in
    city and county governments.

    It's our turn and we need to fix
    so much that the RepubliThugs(tm)
    have screwed up, just like always.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Jul 19, 2012 12:40:53 AM

Post a comment


« «Charles M. Blow Tears Sununu to Shreds on 'The Last Word': VIDEO« «