It may not seem like it, but I actually have a great deal of sympathy for people who are stupid enough to try to lead Americans.
Let’s face it, Americans just like to complain, and if you go into politics, there’s always someone doing lame polls comparing your popularity or intelligence to some cartoon character, cabbage or lice.
The Washington Post may be on to something with its interpretation of recent polls, however.
The Post compares the “favorability” of various politicians and major characters from “Star Wars,” based on the actual findings of a combination of polls.
It’s no surprise that Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are at the head of the favorability list, where Americans are concerned. Although they lived in a galaxy far, far away, the young Jedi Luke and his space pirate buddy Han are quintessentially American heroes, relying on sheer chutzpah as much as any inborn talent to win the day.
What’s interesting is that the series’ main villain, Darth Vader, scored higher than any of the real politicians on the list that included the major 2016 presidential hopefuls.
The politician who came closest to Vader’s net favorability score was Hillary Clinton, and even she was some 10 points below him, clear down in Boba Fett territory.
The scale on the poll ranges between minus-60 and 100. Skywalker and Solo were both around 90, Vader comes in at about 28 net favorability (58 percent have a favorable view of him; 30 percent unfavorable), and President Obama ranked around a 5 net favorability, according to the Post’s graphic, below even Emperor Palpatine, who despite being the embodiment of evil scored a net 7 percent on the “Star Wars” poll by a group called FiveThirtyEight.
The most reviled “Star Wars” character is the hapless Jar Jar Binks, who nets around a minus-8 percent favorability. Even so, his score is considerably better than John Boehner’s, Mitch McConnell’s, Nancy Pelosi’s or Harry Reid’s, and way better than Congress as a whole’s score.
It’s probably no wonder that Vader would be so much more popular than Obama. Like Obama, Vader is black. Unlike Obama, Vader openly admits to being evil, and he’s decisive. Also unlike Obama, Vader is very clear about his goals and what he expects from his people, and he knows how to motivate. Above all, Vader is a patriot who does everything for the Empire.
You can see the appeal when compared to the Jawa currently occupying the Oval Office.