Luke Skywalker Joins The Dark Side

This is the guy who played the courageous Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars movies?!

It looks like he is becoming the Joker.

I’m just surprised he didn’t pull out this quote for describing Romney:

And still on the subject of Obama and Batman:

This summer’s much-anticipated 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.

“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.

As the Friday release date has neared, liberal blogs were the first to connect Batman’s toughest foe with Romney’s firm. But now even some conservatives, concerned Romney isn’t fighting the Bain attacks hard enough, see a similarity in the epic DC Comics fight and the political campaign.

Conservative commentator Jed Babbin told Secrets, “Now we have the new Batman movie with super-villain Bane, the comic book bad guy who broke the Bat’s back. How long will it take for the Obama campaign to link the two, making Romney the man who will break the back of the economy? Romney can’t win if he’s constantly on the defensive,” he said.

Even GOP advisor Frank Luntz jumped into the fray. “Hollywood does it again,” he told Secrets. “[Romney] had to know all this was coming and he should have done a lot more to prepare for it.”

But conservative analyst Greg Muller doesn’t buy the connection or the Bain attacks. “Democrats are truly living in fantasy land if they think the Bain story is anything more than a little summertime blues for Romney,” he said. “The election will be a referendum on Obama socialism and the Obama economy. Wonder if the Batmobile was made in China.”

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.”

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  • Jim from Iowa

    Isn’t it obvious that for Star Wars to work in real life, that the rich, conservative Republicans naturally equate to the evil empire and those opposing them are the rebellion? But still, it must be quite painful to see Luke Skywalker behave in this manner, AussieDave. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

    • Alex

      Isn’t it obvious that for Star Wars to work in real life we all need lightsabers?

      • Jim from Iowa

        Yes, lightsabers, and a lot more liability insurance.

    • ziontruth

      “…rich, conservative Republicans…”

      Yeah, keep knocking down that strawman (because we all know there are no rich liberal Democrats /sarc) while ObaMarx delivers another one of his “All Your Success Are Belong To The State” reMarx, in his role as the Great Demotivator, running contrary to over two centuries of American can-do spirit.

      “…the rich, conservative Republicans naturally equate to the evil empire and those opposing them are the rebellion?”

      Star Wars used to be a nice childhood memory, back when the sword-wavings and feats of telekinesis were all that mattered. As the years passed, its moral message started hitting home and I found it repugnant. What with the Prequel Trilogy completing the frackin’-up of the series by turning it into an Oliverstonian conspiracy theory movie, I now abhor the moral message of Star Wars. From my point of view, the Jedi and the Sith are both evil, and the Empire is less evil than Lucas would have people believe.

      I agree with much of what Jonathan Last wrote in his 2002 article The Case for the Empire. The genetically determined caste of Force-using monks plunging the Empire into chaos sure isn’t my idea of role models. In fact, the whole business of “Good, plucky rebels struggling to end the injustices of the oppressive Evil Empire” is so much Marxian “Strong Is Wrong” doctrine, the very philosophy behind the support of clueless Islamosympathizers for the Islamic jihad worldwide, thinking it must be morally justified because the White, Capitalist, Bible-Believing West™ is “the strong party, the one with all the weapons,” while suicide vests are “the weapon of the weak.”

      Sure, I go on all the time about how the self-portrayal of the Muslims as “oppressed by the West” is nothing but a façade, a mask for the true evil, oppressive, unjust imperialism of Islam, but even were the jihad really about local struggles for independence as the Muslims present it, it would still be evil, no matter who its victims might be. People may liken Russia to a strong, evil juggernaut and describe the Chechens as an oppressed, downtrodden people, but I know that even if this were so—though I don’t believe the Chechen Muslims are any more oppressed than the Bosnian Muslims were in 1992–5, or the Sudeten Germans in the late 1930s—the “rebellion” ceases to be good once it has done something like the Chechens did in 2005, the rape and murder of schoolchildren in Beslan. The rebellion, even if it is one, is hence evil, and it doesn’t matter what the so-called Empire is guilty of.

      The moral worldview of Star Wars is a bankrupt Progressivist philosophy giving an automatic and irrevocable carte blanche to certain “oppressed” groups (who is “oppressed”? That’s for the Progressivists to determine, what else), excusing their every atrocity and condemning any defensive reaction against them as “imperialist aggression.” Those who hold to the twin hypotheses of “Strong Is Wrong” and “Plight Makes Right” will inevitably talk of “little Eichmanns” jumping out of the burning towers and “explain” why the Chechen “rebels” (or their co-religionists in the Land of Israel) were “driven” to massacre those who are guilty of being the children of “evil imperial oppressors.” From the standpoint of morality, Star Wars is just a promo to the no-holds-barred, in-your-face Occidentalism of Avatar.

      • Jim from Iowa

        I haven’t obviously invested as much thought as you have regarding the hidden political messages of the Star Wars franchise. I remain reluctant to put that much emotional energy into an entertainment vehicle until it has been transformed into a Broadway musical. Of course, Cheyene Jackson and Hugh Jackman would be cast in prominent roles in such a production. The world would be a lot diferrent if the gays ran things. (sigh)

        • ziontruth

          “I haven’t obviously invested as much thought as you have regarding the hidden political messages of the Star Wars franchise.”

          The Original Trilogy was likely without much of a political message, dating as it does from a long-lost era when movie plot writers and directors were more concerned with entertaining the viewers than edumacating them. The Prequal Trilogy, however, is blatantly political, from the Eeeevil Capitulist™ leaders of the Trade Federation in TPM, through the Clone Wars pitting armies by one single person secretly to further his power, to the ‘So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause’ moment.

          Look, I don’t want to see movies with a blatantly conservative political message either. All I want is what movies were originally for: Entertainment. Alright, so a classic Schwarzenegger movie with a rate of 20 punch-ups per hour may not be deep, but it’s entertaining; besides, if I wanted depth, that’s what swimming pools are for. And one more thing for today’s directors: An abundance of CGI and sexual stuff won’t paper over a bomberino of a movie. Lucas thought he could smooth things over in Return of the Jedi by putting Princess Leia in a bikini and getting her kissed by Michael Moore, but the revelation of Carrie Fisher’s curvy figure still wasn’t good enough to make up for the absurdity of the Emperor’s best troops being whooped by teddy bear creatures using stone-age weapons.

          • Norman B.

            This reminds me of a reporter asking Harry Cohn, founder of Columbia Pictures, if his movies had a message. He replied, “If I want to send a message, I’ll call up Western Union.”

            • ziontruth

              Oh no! Not the words “Western Union”! You know what they make me do! Must… resist… must… *unnnnnh*… resist… no… I can’t hold on… I’m not going to hold on much longer…

              “Western Union! Actually a bunch of us at the office were having a bet whether any Marty McFly would show up. Looks like I lost. Hahaha, hahaha!”

              Ah, Back To The Future. Now that was a movie series with a high entertainment-to-preaching ratio if there ever was one!

  • juvanya

    sigh…I like Ozzys answer

    Im still pullin for the Paulinator. It aint over till the stiff Mormon sings

    • Shy Guy

      Stuck on stuck.

  • Shy Guy
    • Jim from Iowa

      If only all music videos ended this way.

    • juvanya

      I refuse to listen to that song.

  • Tom

    he kinda looks like the Emperor now

  • Leor Blumenthal

    Just a quick note about Bane: he first showed up in Batman comics in 1993, in Batman: Vengeance of Bane. Bane then proceeded to overwhelm Batman, mentally and then physically, in the Batman crossover event “Knightfall”, also in 1993. Bane appeared in the second season of Batman: the Animated Series, the critically panned movie “Batman and Robin” as well as various other media. Professional Batman-ologist Chris Sims explains why the link between Bane and Bain Capitol is stupid here:

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