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  • Quote Unquote: Romney's Bain

    Chuck Dixon — who co-created the Batman villain Bane two decades ago — on the recent Limbaugh-fueled furor over the homophonic similarities between his evil creation and Mitt Romney's

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    "Hey, if it gets Obama supporters into theaters. Maybe they'll buy thousands of Bane toys to throw at Romney. It all adds to MY Bane capital."

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    Well, whatever it takes to stimulate the economy.


    Tags: Bain Capital, Mitt Romney, Money, Movies, Nerdiness
  • Barack Obama's Absence at NAACP Causes Confusion

    Regardless of how big a fan of Barack Obama you may be, you have to admit that the idea of a black president intentionally missing an opportunity to make a big powerful unity-inspiring speech before a friendly crowd like the NAACP is more than a little bit confounding. Seems like more than a missed opportunity. It appears to be bad politics. And, as Ilya established earlier today, he probably could have squeezed it into his busy schedule.

    So, it's no surprise that the lack of Obama is getting more discussion that the overabundance of Romney

    Obama's decision to skip the annual convention in the heat of his re-election bid has been a point of of constant speculation here in recent days, providing a sort of microcosm for how the black community views the nation's first African-American president as he nears the end of his first term…

    But one former Obama administration official noted to BuzzFeed that the move looked like a snub. "Even considering the politics here, it seems odd that the first African-American President is sending his vice president to address the NAACP national convention in an election year," the official said.

    All the people in the media struggling for an explanation are, I think, thinking about this too hard. Let's look at the facts. He says he's busy, but his schedule is officially empty. He has access to a jet that can fly him across the continent at a moments notice. And he's an introverted overachiever with a passion for nerdplay.

    I wonder if there's anything going on right now that might be distracting him.

    Photo by Matthew Healey-Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, NAACP, Nerdiness
  • U.S. Wakes Up in Alternate Reality in Which Obamacare Is Not Killed

    Millions of Americans unknowingly slipped through a wormhole in spacetime at some point during the night and awoke this morning in a universe which resembles the one they were familiar with in nearly all respects except for one crucial one: This is a universe in which the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — was not to be struck down in a 5-4 decision from the Supreme Court

    In a landmark decision that will impact the nation for decades, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law, ruling that requiring people to have health insurance violates the Constitution…

    * Court rules 5-4 to uphold individual mandate.

    * Court says the requirement to have insurance is a tax, and is constitutional.

    * Court says on Medicaid that the federal government may not take Medicaid from states that refuse to take part. (That is a limited ruling, without striking it down. In the ruling the court offered the government a way to remedy this potential problem.)

    * Court vindicates, affirms Presidential and congressional power in an important issue like health care.

    Chief Justice John Roberts was the swing vote in the decision, Kate Bolduan reports, joining Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

    Good thing this was upheld, actually. Because in this universe, the common cold turns people into walruses.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, Health Care, John Roberts, Judiciary, Nerdiness, Supreme Court
  • Obama Ad Calls Mitt Romney "Outsourcer-in-Chief" [VIDEO]

    Barack Obama just started running attack ads in Virginia, in which a thoughtful avuncular voice asks state voters if they really want "an outsourcer-in-chief in the White House"…

    First off, let me just say that I have very little to say about this ad. I suppose it fits in with the whole "Bain Capital is evil" meme that Bill Clinton hates so much. And that should resonate with Virginia voters. Unless it doesn't. (I know; quite profound.)

    Mostly, I just wanted to comment on how, when I first saw this, I thought Obama was calling Romney an "out-sorcerer-in-chief," which, whatever it is, sounds awesome! And I think I might have actually been a seventh-level half-elf one back in college.

    Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that this ad might actually work in Romney's favor, especially for voters who never talked to girls when they were in college.


    Tags: Bain Capital, Barack Obama, Corporations, Mitt Romney, Nerdiness, Unemployment, Virginia
  • The Secret Identities of U.S. Presidents

    In honor of the newly-released biopic Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, MTV's Power of 12 political blog compiled a list of some of our country's greatest presidents' secret identities, including George Washington, Martin Van Buren and

    Mitt [Romney] has a lot in common with the patriotic superhero. First off, it's not often politicians are this physically fit. His references to "America’s superpowers" is also something one would expect from the Cap'n.

    Romney recently announced that, if elected, he would allot 25 billion federal dollars to kindergarten through 12th graders, allowing them to attend any school of their choosing. You could say he's making each student the captain of his or her own education!

    Granted, Mitt Romney is not technically a U.S. President. Not today at any rate. And possibly not next year, either. But, if you saw Captain America: The First Avenger movie, you know that the character ends up riding this big loud expensive thing that crashes spectacularly sending him into a 70-year catatonic stasis before he's ultimately re-awakened and asked to help save the country. So, take that as you will.

    And what secret identity do you suspect our nation's geekiest Commander-in-Chief would harbor?

    Obama hasn't done a very good job keeping his Jedi status on the DL. From wielding a light saber in public to his unusually quick reflexes (remember the fly swat?), we’re pretty sure his "Hawaiian upbringing" is just a cover up for his time spent at the Jedi Academy.

    That's a good guess. Though, personally, I'd have gone with President Who. I'm relatively certain I saw him stepping out of a Tardis before one of those Rose Garden addresses.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Movies, MTV, Nerdiness, Power of 12, Star Wars