Importantville City Council Invokes Chewbacca Defense
Aggressively seeking legislative support for a budget that would balloon government spending by anywhere from 12-16%, Importantville City Council is adding a new wrinkle to the infamous "Chewbacca Defense," made famous by former O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnny Cochrane on the hit TV show 'South Park.'
A FITS reporter was approached late Wednesday evening by an emissary of Importantville Mayor Bobby Harrell and provided an image that, upon first glance, appeared to be the famous 'Star Wars' wookie.
"That," the emissary said, "is not Chewbacca. That is actually Rep. Murrell Smith."
Smith, a strong fiscal conservative Republican and one of last year's "Taxpayer Heroes," confirmed early Thursday morning that the picture was in fact an image of him, but said the Importantville County Council was wrong to release it.
"They took that very early Wednesday prior to my morning shave," Smith said. "It's unfortunate. We should be having a serious debate based on the long-term value of specific spending items in the state budget, and the Mayor is already rolling out the Chewbacca defense."
According to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, "The Chewbacca Defense" is "a term for any legal strategy or propaganda strategy that seeks to overwhelm its audience with nonsensical arguments, as a way of confusing the audience and drowning out legitimate opposing arguments."
FITS has also learned that the Importantville City Council leaked a photo of "Mini-Mr. Bigglesworth," the bald, albino cat from the Austin Powers' films, to another SC political website and told the webmaster it was actually a picture State Rep. Marion Frye.
The governor's office, which is pushing for $400-a-family tax rebates and trust fund repayment as opposed to the Council's $6.5 billion spending orgy, expressed a mixture of surpise and resignation at the latest dust-up.
"We expected the Chewbacca defense at some point," said Joel Sawyer, spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford. "We just didn't expect it to come this early. The Mini-Mr. Bigglesworth Gambit, however, is something totally new to this process. Obviously, we're alerting our taxpayer heroes to beware of possible additional leaks."