George Bush as Batman

Jul 18th, 2008 | By | Category: Politics

There seems to me no question that the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war. Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.

While there is a case to be made for Bush as Batman – a wealthy wastrel who dresses in disguises (in Bush’s case, as an adult) and has a British servant (aka Tony “Poodle” Blair) – a more convincing analogy would be Bush as Two-Face, whose character flaws end up disfiguring the presidency a la Dorian Gray. Rove is a perfect Joker, running amok as Commissioner Gordon, representing the American people, signals for help from a reluctant, impotent Congress. The main character is the darkness of Gotham in the post-Constitutional, post-habeas corpus reign of the Dementors – Cheney, Addington, Woo, Rumsfeld, et. al. Pray God there be no sequel…

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