If there was a way to short our entire civilization, I would do it.
Friedman, on how he wants both campaigns to run on a platform that is 90% what Democrats are already running on and 10% his own Chinese dreams:
And, if by some miracle, both run that campaign, and the 2012 contest is about two such competing visions, then put every dollar you own in the U.S. stock market. It will go up a gazillion points.
Here’s where the movie (the new Batman movie) syncs to the election. The supervillain, played by Hardy, is the Bat’s comic book adversary, Bane, who is mega-strong based on a mysterious drug. One hundred million Americans are about to see a guy named Bane as the personification of badness.
Of course most people will be clear that Bane, the comic book character, and Bain Capital, named for management consultant William Bain, have nothing to do with each other. But in the 2000 presidential election, popular vote winner Al Gore lost because a few thousand people became confused by a hard-to-read ballot in Florida. In the 2004 presidential election, popular vote winner George W. Bush would have lost if about 100,000 votes in Ohio had swung the other way. Suppose 100 million people see the new “Dark Knight” movie, and one-half of 1 percent come away confused about the Bane/Bain distinction. Elections have been decided by less.
Once Official Discourse becomes this stupid, there’s no where to go but down.