And in Episode I the machinations to get Chancellor Valorum tossed from office so Palpatine can get himself elected to replace him were interesting to watch. As far back as the reference materials published prior to the original release of The Phantom Menace George Lucas said that Senator Palpatine of the Old Republic took advantage of political chaos to get himself elected Chancellor (or as one authorized visual guide called it back in the late nineties, "Senate President") and then later used the powers of the office to proclaim the Empire and make himself Emperor. I know a lot of fans screamed bloody murder at the mention of trade blockades, embargoes and Senate votes in the first Prequel and said they had no place in a Star Wars movie, but those are the fans who either get bored much too easily or have a complete misunderstanding of the history of the Lucas universe. Background materials had long stated that the Emperor took advantage of political crises within the Old Republic to gain more and more power until the creation of the Galactic Empire and the destruction of the Jedi could be accomplished, so political machinations and power plays have been a part of the Saga as far back as it's existed whether we saw it on the big screen or not. Telling Lucas to leave the politics out of his universe is almost as bad as telling Paramount to stop mentioning warp drive in Star Trek.