From the Dark Knight Rises: the villain "Bane" (Tom Hardy at 198 lbs) vs. Batman "Bruce Wayne" (Christian Bale).
Spoke to range of political professionals about the OFA Bain attacks on Mitt Romney, and the collective opinion, from Taegan Goddard, John Fun, John Avlon, Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, is that the Bain attacks are scoring hits and that the Romney campaign is inept in defense or offense. Four days after OFA damaged candidate Romney enough to force him to reply on network TV, ineptly and inertly as usual, the Romney surrogates are launching attacks on Fox and other venues that will push back very hard on OFA. This is that stage of a firefight when first contact leads to calling in airstrikes. John Sununu of New Hampshire, the Party boss's boss in NE if Romney is to win the critical 4 EV of NH, rolls in to drop smartbombs on Obama as a foreigner, socialist and Chicago crony machine pol. The themes are rich and cartoon-like, however there is plenty of room to fill in the blanks, and the surrogates will enjoy this game all week. Scorched earth looks to be the direction of both campaigns. Did OFA invite this by launching on Romney's integrity? Does it signify? The rule in war games is that no matter the sense of proportion of the participants, eventually every contest goes nuke. Attacking President Obama's unusual history and remarks will draw the same from OFA; and we can anticipate airstrikes on Mormonism, on Joseph Smith, certainly on the business practices of the LDS. The campaign looks to move toward a fun light opera formula by October, two shouting seventh-graders in the Batman movie line. "You're strange!" "No, you're strange!" "I'm not as strange as you are!" "You're so strange that you need a passport to get into the White House!" What do I think of all this trash-talking? Simply, you cannot make this up. The Batman release, with the villain "Bane" in a death mask to hide his (vain) disfigurement, is a special treat for the next days. There is no hiding from the Earth-scorching as the sun sears the cornfields of July and the price of food rises. (Mention that the true contest is underneath the screeching name-calling: PIMCO's Bill Gross opines that the US economy approaches recession again, and the analysts are busy now lowering their estimates on the GDP. If POTUS Obama is re-elected with these numbers, it will be history-making, truly, defining defeatism down. )