Sure Palpatine is the biggest badass in the galaxy, but I?ve been wondering if his manipulation of The Republic during the Prequels was made possible because of his strength in the dark side, or if perhaps it was merely his great understanding of what makes people ?tick? (fear, greed, etc) that allowed him to execute the greatest con ever devised. Right now I?m leaning toward the possibility that Palpatine could (and mostly did) accomplish this feat though ingenuity, rather than the force. And I?d argue that he could have made himself Emperor even if he had no knowledge of the force. I have quite a bit to say on this subject, but I?ll let you ladies and gents get the ball rolling while I sleep?