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Leahy Back In Action Alongside Batman


Patrick Leahy (D-VT) speaks during the confirmations hearing for Elena Kagan, the Solicitor General, at the Committee on the Judiciary Nomination Hearing on the third day of the hearings on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.(Chet Susslin)

Sen. Patrick Leahy kind of has a Batman obsession. And the Democrat from Vermont will appear in the latest installment of the Caped Crusader series, "The Dark Knight Rises," in a scene with Batman, played by Christian Bale, and with Morgan Freeman, the Associated Press reports.

This isn't Leahy's first time on the big screen. He appeared in 2008's "The Dark Knight" in a scene with Heath Ledger. He even had a great line for the Joker: "We're not intimidated by you thugs."

Leahy's been a lifelong Batman fan. He told The New York Times in 2008 that Batman is awesome because he "has no super powers... He had to use his own brains and his own knowledge. He could have had an entirely different life. As a billionaire, he could have done anything."

We may be biased, but we couldn't agree more. If you're going to pick a super hero to be obsessed with, Batman is the choice. He doesn't have some weird power bestowed upon him thanks to a freak accident (Spider-Man), nor does he have unattainable super strength and the power of flight (Superman). Batman is a dude who uses mortal means to do extraordinary things. 

But to be clear, Batman is not your ordinary guy. He is a super rich playboy with a driver and access to all of Gotham's elite. Come to think of it, he sounds more like a politician than average Joe.

And given Bruce Wayne's tax bracket, the Leahy connection sticks out. The lawmaker was all about the Paying a Fair Share Act (remember the "Buffet Rule?") and is opposed to retaining Bush-era tax cuts for the rich. If Batman were real, which side of the debate would he land on?

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