Mister Fandango wrote:
C.E. Evans wrote:
I always took it that Skywalker knew that there was a Sith operating somewhere in the Republic, but didn't know (or rather, didn't believe) that it was the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic until Palpatine all but actually told him. One of the things repeated during the prequel was that the Dark Side was hard to see unless it was pretty much smacking you in the face. As powerful with the Force as Skywalker was, he still couldn't divine the truth about Palpatine being Darth Sidious any more than the other Jedi Masters could, IMO.
Yes, because the Force is the only means of figuring things out...
(Sure, this is Skywalker we're talking about and common sense is a nonexistent concept regarding that bloodline, but the point remains.)
Given that there are likely plenty of corrupt politicians who aren't Sith, the idea that Palpatine was one really had to be confirmed before any action could be taken. As far as the Jedi knew, Dooku could have easily been lying to Obi-Wan about Palpatine in the hopes that the Jedi would arrest or take down someone who really wasn't a Sith and throw the Republic into chaos at a time when it needed to be stable the most.
It was ironically Skywalker--Palpatine's BFF and the one least likely to say anything negative about him--that convinced Windu that maybe Dooku wasn't lying after all, but he still had to confirm it himself.