Exactly. NJO paints all politicians with this 'they must be corrupt, or stupid, or both.', and I think it is a horrible take on politics. There are lots of people here on earth who go into politics because they want to make things better...surely the Republic must be the same. I might not agree with every politician, but I do not think they'd sell our country out to an invading force. Sure, Shesh was ambitious and perhaps money-hungry, but did we really need her to be a collaborator? I have always had a hard time seeing her, or anyone in the Senate, go that far. I get it, politics are hard to write, but in a series that has a LOT of grey, they didn't try very hard with the politicians. I agree with Dr. Steve in that the EU does 'worship' the military...I'd go farther and throw the Jedi in as well. The Jedi don't think they should answer to any civilians, either. The military and the Jedi...both should be autonomous? Both are government or quasi-government entities...should they not answer to someone?