Thursday, March 02, 2006

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."


Anonymous Murrell Smith said...

Now we all know that Thad Viers is a member of the FITS staff since he is the only one that calls me that until now. At one point, I thought this was one of the more intelligent blogs until I found out Viers was on staff. Let the dumbing down of the blogosphere begin!

3:38 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...

Dear Rep. Smith,

Laurie here. Wow this is so cool. A real representative on FITS!!!!! I was going to ask if we can call you "Chewie" but I won't --- we want you to come back!!!!!!!!

I did talk to Deb, D and Will and we can PROMISE you that Flounder --- or Rep. Viers --- is not on staff.

He whined a lot about it (just like his character from the movie Animal House) but we wouldn't let him on board. Separation of powers, you know.

We may reconsider Flounder if he finishes law school and passes the bar, but as we all know those are pretty big "IF's" right?????

Thanks for commenting!!!!!!!

3:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

who are these representitives? i have never heard of thad viers or murrell smith? weher are they from?

4:16 PM

Blogger The Body Politic - Joshua Gross said...

THIS... is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a wookie that lives on Endor.

THAT does not make sense.

IF the Wookie is legit, you must acquit.

Look at the monkey! Look at the silly monkey!!!


I loved that episode...

8:48 AM


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